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Other Procedures and Services

Breast Enlargement:

Procedure: Enhance the size and shape of breasts using artificial implants.

Length: 1 to 2 hours.

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.

In/Out;patient: Usually outpatient.

Side Effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breasts sensttive to stimulation for a few weeks.

Risks: Infection. Asymmetry. Tightening and hardening of scar tissue around the implant ("capsular contracture"), or rupture of implant; either may require surgery to release the scar tissue or to remove or replace the implant. Increase or decrease sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Accurate mammogram requires special technique. (Note: Some women have reported symptoms similar to those of immune disorders. Ask your doctor about these and other FDA concerns.)

Recovery: Back to work: a few days. Physical contact with breasts: 3 to 4 weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.

Duration of Results: Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.

Chemical Peel:

Procedure: Restore wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun damaged faclal skin, using a chemical solution to peel away skin's top layers. Works best on fair, thin skin with superficial wrinkles.

Length: 1 to 2 hours for full face

Anesthesia: None; sedation & EKG monitoring may be used.

In/Outpatient: Usually out-patient. Full face phenol peel may require admission for 1 to 2 days.

Side Effects: Both: Temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness; acute sensitivity to sun. Phenol: Permanent lightening of treated skin; permanent loss of ability to tan.

Risks: Both: Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores. Phenol: Abnormalcolor changes (permanent); heart irregularities (rare).

Recovery: Phenol: Formation of new skin: 7 to 21 days. Normal activities: 2 to 4 weeks. Full healing and fading of redness: 3to6months. TCA: Newskin within 5 to 10 days.

Duration of Results: Phenol: permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. TCA: variable (temporary).

Dermabrasion:

Procedure: Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.

Length: A few minutes to 1 1/2 hours. May require more than 1 session.

Anesthesia: Local, numbing spray, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.

Side Effects: Temporary tingling, burning, itchlng, swelling, redness. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan).

Risks: Abnormal color changes (permanent). Tiny whiteheads (temporary). Infection. Scarring. Flare up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.

Recovery: Back to work: 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 4 to 6 weeks. Fading of redness: about 3 months. Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.

Duration of Results: Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skln ages.

Facelift:

Procedure: Improve sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.

Length: Several hours.

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Some patients may require short inpatient stay.

Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin. For men, permanent need to shave behind ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned.

Risks: Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles, feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

Recovery: Back to work: 10 to 14 days. More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more. Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.

Duration of Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.

Forehead or Browlift:

Procedure: Minimlze forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, furrowed forehead, and frown lines by removlng excess tlssue and redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.

Length: 1 to 2 hours.

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.

SideEffects: Temporaryswelling, numbness, headaches, bruising. Possible itching and hair loss for several months. Change in hairline.

Risks: Injury to facial nerve, causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or asymmetrical look. Infection. Broad or excessive scarring.

Recovery: Back to work: 7 to 10 days. More strenuous activity: several weeks. Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Limit exposure to sun for several months.

Duration of Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.

Liposuction:

Procedure: Improve body shape using tube and vacuum device to remove unwanted fat deposits that don't respond to dieting and exercise. Locations include chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles.

Length: 1 to 2 hours or more, depending on extent of surgery.

Anesthesia: Local, epidural, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay.

Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation.

Risks: Infection: Excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Fluid accumulation. Injury to the skin. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Asymmetry. Pigmentation changes (may become permanent if exposed to sun).

Recovery: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more.

Duration of Results: Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.

Rhinoplasty: (Nose Improvement)

Procedure: Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changlng angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems. (May be covered by insurance.)

Length: 1 to 2 hours or more.

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usuallyoutpatlent.

SideEffects: Temporary swelling, bruising around eyes, nose and headaches. Some bleeding and stuffiness.

Risks: Infection. Small burst blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots. Incompleteimprovement, requiring additional surgery.

Recovery: Back to work or school: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activitles: 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid hitting nose or sunburn: 8 weeks. Final appearance: 1 year or more.

Duration of Results: Permanent.

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