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Breast Augmentation Myths Debunked

Woman Holding ImplantIf you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you may have come across some possibly unsettling information in your research about the safety and longevity of your results. However, many of these notions surrounding breast augmentation and implants are misleading or even downright false. Over 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation surgery each year, and it is considered one of the most routine plastic surgery procedures to perform.

These are common breast augmentations myths, and the truth about them.

Implants Must Be Replaced After 10 Years

Most breast implant manufacturers claim that implants need to be replaced after 10 years. While the material that comprises implants can wear down over time, this doesn’t mean that your implants must be changed once they have reached the 10-year mark. If your breasts still look and feel great, you probably won’t need to change them. It is recommended that you see a surgeon after 10 years of having your implants to make sure you don’t have a slow leak, but if your implants are in good condition there is no reason to change them.

Breast Implants Cause Breast Cancer

This is probably the most significant controversy surrounding breast implants. Do they increase your risk of cancer or cause an autoimmune disease? Multiple studies have been performed, and they show no link between breast implants and increased rates of breast cancer. If you have risk factors that make you more prone to developing breast cancer, such as a family history or your age, it is recommended that you undergo a mammogram before surgery and participate in routine visits while you have breast implants.

Breast Implants Affect Your Ability to Breastfeed

Implants don’t affect your ability to breastfeed, but certain types and locations of incisions can. If an implant is inserted through a periareolar incision, there is a chance that nerves or milk ducts become damaged in the process. This may impact your ability to nurse. If you plan on having children in the future, it is important to discuss your concerns with your surgeon.

You Can Choose Your Cup Size

Many people believe that with breast augmentation you can transform your B cup into a D cup. This is not necessarily true. Your body, implant placement, and implant projection will all impact the final size and shape of your breasts. Rather than focusing on your cup size, we recommend that you undergo a breast augmentation that attains your aesthetic goals and looks natural and proportionate to your body.

Any Surgeon Can Perform Breast Augmentation Surgery

While in theory, anyone with a medical degree can perform breast augmentation surgery, you definitely shouldn’t let them. Always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform any cosmetic or plastic surgery enhancement. A surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery has proven they have undergone extended education in the field and have passed a series of exams that demonstrated their skills. A board-certified plastic surgeon will better understand your anatomy and the techniques required to provide you with amazing results.

For more information on breast augmentation surgery, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Austin. You can call our office at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

 

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Sweep Away Summer Skin Damage

With summer getting ready to kick itself into high gear, you probably find yourself anticipating that much-needed summer fun. You have your bikini picked out, and those poolside essentials packed, you’re ready to soak up the sun. However, all that fun in the sun has more effects than simply relaxation. Too much sun exposure can lead to summer skin damage.

What Causes Summer Skin Damage?

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Skin damage resulting from the sun can occur at all times of the year, even on cloudy days, but it is at a high during the summer. The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays, which are forms of ultraviolet light that can have long-lasting effects on our skin. If you have ever had a sunburn, then you know the harmful side effects of UV rays. In addition to red, itchy skin, sun exposure can lead to:

  • Dry skin
  • Sunspots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Solar comedones (blackheads)
  • Skin cancer

So Should I Just Avoid the Sun?

While some people opt to stay indoors during the summer, there are many of us who long to lay poolside and soak up those rays. If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, you should take steps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen is the most important skin-protecting accessory. Always choose a broad-spectrum SPF, and the paler you are, the higher SPF you might want to use. Other ways to protect your skin can include:

  • Sitting in the shade when possible
  • Wearing wide-brimmed hats that protect your face
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing that protects your skin
  • Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day

I Protect Myself, But I Still Have Dull Skin After Summer

You can protect your skin all summer, but the effects of the heat and UV rays can still rob you of glowing, vibrant skin. At Dr. Austin’s office, we use the DermaSweep™ MD microfusion treatment to help restore beautiful skin throughout the summer and into the fall. DermaSweep™ treatments are non-invasive and are designed to target the following issues that summer fun can give your skin:

  • Wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dry skin
  • Rough or uneven skin texture
  • Skin laxity

If your skin doesn’t have the vibrant look and feel you desire, schedule your DermaSweep™ consultation with Dr. Austin’s office. You can call us at 503-561-7000, or you can contact us online.

Refyne and Defyne Your Appearance

Have you starting noticing fine lines or wrinkles settling into your face? Genetics and not keeping up with your skin care routine can lead to unwanted wrinkle formation. Injectables are a common solution for people of any age who have wrinkles, but with a saturated market, how are you supposed to choose the best one?

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At Dr. Austin’s practice, we believe in offering our patients the best—best techniques, best customer care, and the best products. We recently introduced a new line of Restylane® to help enhance your beauty. Restylane® Refyne and Restylane® Defyne are the most recent fillers designed to treat lower facial wrinkles better than ever before.

Re-Defyne Wrinkle Treatments

Restylane® Refyne and Restylane® Defyne are made with XpresHAn Technology™, an engineered hyaluronic acid filler that maintains the natural expression and motion of your face. While it fills in deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines, you won’t lose the beauty of your smiles, laughs, or kisses.

Benefits of Refyne-ing Your Face

  • The Restylane® Refyne and Restylane® Defyne formulas are more elastic than other treatments, which helps to support the skin while allowing you to maintain a natural expression even when smiling, frowning, or puckering.

  • The formula elasticity allows for more defined and detailed treatment areas along the lips, around the mouth, and along the nasolabial fold.

Skilled Professionals Defyne-ing Your Appearance

While the type of injectable used for your treatment plays a large role in the quality and length of your results, the person injecting your fillers can impact your appearance as well. Dr. Austin’s board-certified nurse practitioner will be performing your facial injectable treatment. Having a trained professional who understands the natural anatomy of the face helps to ensure that your results blend seamlessly with your facial appearance.

If you are ready to Refyne and Defyne your appearance, schedule your injectable consultation with Dr. Austin’s office today. You can call our office at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

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Treating Excess Skin After Weight Loss

The weight loss journey can be a struggle. You’ve spent countless hours in the gym shedding pounds and building muscles. You dramatically changed your lifestyle and what you eat. You worked hard, and it can sometimes feel like it was all for not when your body doesn’t reflect that goal weight on the scale. Being lighter and healthier feels great, but you may be carrying around the reminder of your prior lifestyle in the form of excess, sagging skin.

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If you are frustrated after your weight loss because excess skin and stubborn fat are masking your results, Dr. Austin can help. He provides tailored body contouring programs to help you break free from those unwanted folds of skin following significant weight loss, allowing the chance to embrace the new, amazing you.

Why Does Sagging Skin Develop?

Your skin is comprised of elastin fibers that act similar to rubber bands. It is designed to regain its normal shape after it has been stretched. However, like a rubber band, when your skin has stretched too quickly or been stretched for too long, it struggles to revert to its original shape. This is why people who lose smaller amounts of weight don’t struggle with excess skin but those who lose large amounts of weight do. Chances are your skin was stretched too far for too long.

Other factors will affect whether you develop sagging skin following your weight loss. Just because you lose a major amount of weight doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have excess skin, and just because you lost a smaller amount doesn’t mean won’t develop hanging skin. Genetics plays an important role in determining who will have redundant skin throughout their weight loss journey. While many people will try to tell you to just drink water and not to lose the weight rapidly to avoid drooping tissue, the fact is that if it’s in your genes, it will probably happen.

Tailored Body Contouring After Your Weight Loss

Dr. Austin believes all of his patients should be happy, confident, and comfortable with their bodies. Aside from the less desirable aesthetics caused by excess skin, many people suffer from emotional pain and physical discomfort caused by the skin. Body contouring is designed to not only provide you with a new physique, but it can also greatly improve your quality of life. Additionally, removing excess skin and stubborn fat relieves many patients of an additional five to 20 pounds (depending on the amount of tissue removed) and sheds inches from your waistline.

Our tailored body contouring process combines multiple procedures to present you with a firmer, more defined appearance. Common components of a body contouring procedure include:

  • Extended tummy tuck, which addresses the skin around the abdomen, upper hips, lower back, and buttocks.

  • Thigh lift to improve the contour of the inner and outer thighs.

  • Arm lift, which slims and firms the upper arms.

  • Neck lift to remove excess skin that causes your double chin.

  • Breast lift for women to reposition drooping breasts.

  • Male breast reduction in men to restore a toned, masculine chest contour.

If you are ready to transform your body and embrace the new, amazing you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Austin today. You can call our office at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

 

5 Reasons to Enhance Your Breasts

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosFor women, the breasts can play an important role in creating beautiful curves and a balanced body shape. If you are dissatisfied with your breast appearance, you may be struggling to be happy with your overall appearance. Breast enhancement surgery is designed to improve the size or shape of your breasts, creating a natural and complementary appearance. Common forms of breast enhancement include breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction.

Here are 5 reasons you may decide to enhance the appearance of your breasts.

1. You Are Unhappy With Your Breast Size

Dissatisfaction with breast size is probably the most common reason women choose to undergo breast enhancement surgery. While many people think of breast augmentation to increase the size of their breasts, some women may require a breast reduction to achieve a smaller, more proportionate breast size. Whether your breasts are too small or too large for your frame, poor breast size can create an unbalanced appearance. Improving your breast size can help you have the body shape you’ve always desired.

2. Life Changes Have Altered Your Breast Appearance

The fact is, many women won’t retain the breast appearance that they had in their teens and early 20s. Pregnancy, weight loss, or just the natural aging process can cause volume loss and changes in your breast shape. Many of these changes are permanent and cannot be altered through exercise. Breast enhancement surgery can improve the appearance of your breasts for a more youthful look or simply to restore your original breast appearance.

3. You Have Breast Sagging

Breast sagging can follow pregnancy or weight loss, and it also may occur in women with larger breasts. If you have moderate to severe ptosis of the breasts, a breast lift can provide firmer breasts in a more attractive position. Treating sagging can provide a more youthful appearance and improve the aesthetics of the breasts by repositioning the nipple-areola complexes. Breast lift surgery can be combined with breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery to ensure the most aesthetically pleasing results possible.

4. You Want a Better Bikini Body

If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, you may be able to improve their shape with specific bras or clothing types. However, many women feel that, come summer, there is no way to improve their breast appearance in a bathing suit. Women with small breasts may feel that they don’t properly fill out bikini tops. On the other end, women with overly large breasts may feel like they are drawing unwanted attention or have trouble finding tops that adequately cover them.

5. You Want to Feel Confident!

No matter the breast enhancement procedure you want to undergo, the goal is to always restore your confidence in your body. Breast enhancement procedures are tailored to meet your needs and are designed to complement your body. If your breast size or shape is keeping you from having the body you’ve always wanted, then it may be time to schedule a breast enhancement consultation.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Austin, call our office at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

 

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Tummy Tuck Techniques

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Having an abdomen that lacks definition can have a significant impact on how you view your body. Weak abdominal muscles or excess skin can contribute to an undesirable abdominal contour. There’s a world of reasons that your belly may not have the firmness you desire. Many men and women struggle to maintain a toned abdominal appearance as they age, and weight loss often results in excess skin. Women may experience muscle laxity following pregnancy that results in a “belly pooch.”

No matter the cause of your altered abdominal contour, Dr. Austin has a procedure that can help you. We offer tummy tuck surgery that can be customized to target your individual needs. Three different tummy tuck techniques are available and can be adjusted to meet your contour and tightening needs.

Standard Tummy Tuck, “Abdominoplasty”

The standard tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is designed to treat a significant portion of our patients. A standard tummy tuck technique is typically chosen to address mild to moderate amounts of excess skin. If needed, muscle laxity can be addressed with this technique as well.

The standard tummy tuck utilizes incisions in the lower pelvic region just above the pubic area and around the navel. Excess skin is removed, and the abdominal muscles can be tightened using a plication technique.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is similar to the standard tuck but focuses on tightening loose abdominal muscles and removing excess skin from the lower abdomen. Women who require less aggressive skin resection may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck.

The mini tummy tuck uses the same or a shorter version of the standard incision just above the pubic area, but the secondary navel incision is not utilized. The focus is on tightening the lower abdominal muscles, and some minor skin tightening may be performed as well.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Patients who have achieved massive weight loss may benefit from an extended tummy tuck. Following significant weight loss, you may have pronounced skin accumulation along the abdomen, hips, and lower back.

An extended tummy tuck uses a long incision that runs above the pubic area and extends around the hips to address excess skin. If necessary, in some cases the incision extends circumferentially to address low back and flank skin redundancy. Abdominal muscle tightening may also be performed as part of an extended tummy tuck. The goal of an extended tummy tuck is to reveal your new, leaner contours.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a permanent fat removal process that in certain cases may be combined with a tummy tuck technique. Liposuction is an excellent way to eliminate excess pockets of fat that may be preventing you from having the abdominal shape or definition you desire.

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your abdomen, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Austin today. Call us at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

 

New Year, New Mom

Let’s just say it: being a mom is hard. Whether being exhausted from late night feedings or from chasing after your little ones, many moms feel that there is little time to take care of themselves. Compound this feeling with the permanent changes your body may have undergone during your pregnancy, and it is easy to feel only like a mom and no longer like yourself. Even if you manage to eat healthily and steal a few hours in the gym a week, there are some body changes that cannot be easily reversed. It is common for women to lose confidence in their appearance following pregnancy, which can negatively impact their emotional health and personal relationships. However, you don’t have to feel this way about your body. Make 2017 the year of YOU, and let a Mommy Makeover restore your body and your confidence.

Conveniently Combined Procedures

The Mommy Makeover is designed to meet the specific needs of a woman’s changed body following pregnancy. Based on the procedure, it can address breast and belly issues that you may be struggling with. As a busy mom, you probably don’t have the time to undergo multiple surgeries, each with their own extensive recovery period. With the Mommy Makeover, instead of undergoing multiple surgeries spread out over time, you can now undergo one single treatment with one recovery time.

Customized Plans

Dr. Austin tailors each Mommy Makeover to treat the specific needs of the patient. With Dr. Austin’s help, you will choose which procedures will help you achieve the look you desire.

Breast Enhancement

  • Breast augmentation surgery can be performed on women who have lost volume following their pregnancy or who have naturally small breasts. Implants increase the size of your breasts and can improve the overall shape.

  • Breast lift surgery is best suited for women who are experiencing breast sagging following pregnancy or nursing. Stretched breast tissue is removed, and sutures lift and support the remaining breast tissue.

  • Breast reduction surgery treats women who have developed overly large breasts following their pregnancy. Enlarged breasts can cause pain and may create a poor body balance. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and fat while reshaping the breasts for a better appearance.

Body Shaping

  • Tummy tuck surgery treats excess abdominal skin and protruding abdomens. Unwanted tissue is removed, and stretched abdominal muscles are tightened to restore a firmer abdominal contour.

  • Liposuction is used if you have unwanted deposits of fat. Liposuction can contour your body to enhance definition in a number of areas including abdomen, hips, thighs, breasts, back, arms, and neck.

  • Thigh lift surgery can be used to help women who store excess tissue along their thighs following pregnancy. It can reduce the amount of skin along the thighs as well as remove excess fat for a better thigh shape.

If you are looking to restore your pre-baby body or simply improve your current physique this new year, schedule your consultation with Dr. Edwin Austin today. Call us at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

 

6 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During the Holidays

When thinking of the holidays, you might envision decorations, your family, lots of laughter, and most definitely party after party of food. Many people choose to throw their diets out the window once Thanksgiving hits, thinking that they will resume eating healthy and smaller portions after the new year. While resolving to be healthier in the new year is a good thing, you shouldn’t let the holidays ruin any hard-won progress from your previous year. Here are six easy ways to help you deck the halls without throwing out your diet.

1. Plan Ahead and Bring a Healthy Dish

If you know that you are going to a holiday party or that your holiday dinners are usually full of carbs, plan ahead to bring your own healthy dish. Dieting doesn’t have to be distasteful; there are plenty of ways to incorporate healthy foods into any meal. Offer to bring mashed cauliflower, which can replace your mashed potatoes. If most of your calories come from snacking, bring a low-calorie offering to help curb your cravings.

2. Avoid Trigger Foods

The adage that you can never have just one potato chip rings true for many people struggling to maintain their diets. Holiday parties and meals are often full of foods that we mindlessly snack on or that once we start eating, we can’t stop. Be mindful of what these foods are and try to avoid them. Choosing a healthier alternative can be just as delicious, and you won’t feel so bad about indulging in hummus and carrots as you would a whole bag of chips.

3. It’s All About Moderation

Most successful diets tell you that moderation is the key to success, so don’t forget it through the holiday season. Sure, have some carbs, starches, and dessert, but keep portions minimal. Pack your plate with protein, veggies, and just enough empty calories to satisfy your holiday cravings.

4. Don’t Drink Your Calories

Alcohol is a hidden holder of useless, empty calories. Most have high sugar contents and can create cravings that cause you to overeat even more. Find out how many calories are in your drink of choice, and set yourself a healthy limit. Don’t stay deprived during the holidays; just be mindful of what you are putting in your body.

5. Don’t Avoid Your Workout

The holidays can be a hectic time, but make sure you prioritize your time at the gym. This is especially true following days where you may have overindulged at your office Christmas party. Working hard is just as important as watching what you eat. Maintaining your workout habit through the holidays will also making it easier to keep it going into the new year.

6. Don’t Stress

Try not to stress out. If you have one night where you have an extra roll and dessert, don’t throw out your whole diet. We all may have temporary digressions, but there is no reason not to start over at the next meal rather than continuing bad habits the rest of the day or week. However, if you get through the holidays and feel that your body isn’t in the condition you desire, Dr. Austin and his team are here to help! We offer liposuction to help get rid of those few pounds you might have gained and laser skin treatments to erase the aging effects the holidays may have had on your skin.

If you want to know how to improve your appearance before or after the holidays, schedule your consultation today. Call us at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

Meet Dr. Austin

Originally from California, Dr. Austin practiced in Mt. Vernon, Washington before relocating to Salem, Oregon in 1996. He was educated at Stanford University and UCLA School of Medicine, and received his residency training at the University of Washington, Seattle, and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Austin’s practice encompasses a broad range of aesthetic cosmetic surgery, as well as reconstructive surgery following cancer surgery, trauma, and congenital anomalies.

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