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Having a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

If you have been on a weight loss journey, there’s one negative side effect that you may already be aware of—excess skin. While losing weight is about becoming healthy and transforming your lifestyle, you probably want to look amazing at the end of it. It’s no secret that many people live with excess skin following their weight loss. While you may be living a lifestyle that helps you feel great, these redundant folds of skin can keep from achieving the body contour you desire. No need to worry; tummy tuck surgery is the answer you’re looking for.

Why Did I Develop Excess Skin?

Our skin is made of elastin fibers, which are designed to stretch and still regain its shape. However, when a person is overweight, the skin stretches for too long or past a point where it can easily return to its original appearance. While genetics play a role in the amount of skin you develop, almost everyone who undergoes major weight loss will have some degree of excess skin.

Tummy Tuck Before and After by Dr. Austin

Can You Prevent Excess Skin During Weight Loss?

Some people will try to tell you that losing weight slowly and drinking water are the keys to preventing excess skin development. This may be true for people losing mild to moderate amounts of weight. The fact is, there is no way to avoid the excess skin when you lose a significant number of pounds. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed by the skin and shouldn’t think you did anything wrong. It’s simply an unfortunate byproduct of becoming healthier.

How Do I Treat Excess Skin Following My Weight Loss?

Luckily, you don’t need to live with those folds of excess skin. Unwanted abdominal tissue is the most common issue weight loss patients deal with. Tummy tuck surgery effectively removes excess skin from the abdomen. If needed, an extended variation of a tummy tuck can be performed, which treats the hips and lower back as well. With a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon can contour your abdominal appearance, helping to enhance and refine your physique.

Additional Body Contouring

It’s common to have excess skin in areas other than the abdomen. A consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you determine which set of body contouring procedures you need to achieve the body contour you desire. Some of those procedures include:

 

Know Your Options As a Breast Cancer Patient

About 12 percent of women will develop some form of breast cancer in her lifetime. Getting a breast cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest and most confusing times in your life. However, new technologies combined with early diagnosis means that a breast cancer patient has numerous options. There are a number of treatments you are entitled to as a breast cancer patient.

Insurance Coverage for Breast Cancer Patients

In 1998, a law was passed that requires most group insurance plans to cover mastectomy and breast reconstruction. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) applies to plans starting after 1998 and to group health plans, health insurance companies, and HMOs that cover the medical and surgical costs of mastectomy. Under WHCRA, your mastectomy benefits include:

  • Reconstruction of the breast that was removed by mastectomy

  • Surgery of the unaffected breast to ensure symmetry and balance

  • External breast prostheses that are needed before or during the reconstruction process

What Is Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy?

A mastectomy is a common first treatment for many breast cancer patients. With this procedure, the breast tissue, including glandular tissue, is removed. A mastectomy can leave you without a breast and nipple-areola complex.

Breast reconstruction is a popular choice after a mastectomy to restore the appearance of the breast. Breast reconstruction is usually performed in several steps, and the ultimate goal is to provide you with new breasts that look and feel as natural as possible. Two breast reconstruction options are discussed below:

Implants and Tissue Expansion

The implant/tissue expansion breast reconstruction uses implants to shape a new breast appearance. Expanders are placed beneath the skin and muscle to create a pocket for your implants. Once the tissue is stretched adequately, the expander is removed, and silicone or saline implants are placed. Your ideal implant choice will be determined after an extensive consultation process with your reconstructive plastic surgeon.

Autologous Tissue Reconstruction

Autologous tissue reconstruction is another option for women. Autologous tissue reconstruction uses skin, fat, and sometimes muscles from donor areas of your body, such as the abdomen, back, buttocks, or thighs. This tissue is used to sculpt a new breast mound, and implants may be placed to achieve the breast size you desire.

Breast Cancer Events

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Northwest Family Services is hosting the 13th annual Discover Pink Walk to bring attention to breast cancer, honor breast cancer survivors, and raise funds for the Women’s Health Program of Marion and Polk Counties. The funds will be used for early detection screenings and breast cancer treatment support for women in need. The Discover Pink Walk takes place at the Oregon State Capitol, and the opening ceremony begins at 10:00 am.

For more information about the breast reconstruction process, schedule a consultation with Dr. Austin by calling 503.561.7000 or by contacting us online.

 

New Implant Choices Offer Patients More Variety

In early 2017, the FDA approved a new line of implants produced by Allergan. NATRELLE INSPIRA® SoftTouch breast implants join the ever expanding family of products offered by Allergan. These new implant options come with one important thing for patients—choices. With more sizes, shapes, textures, and designs, you have a wider variety of options, which can ensure that you gain the most natural-looking breast augmentation possible.

NATRELLE INSPIRA® SoftTouch Implants

NATRELLE INSPIRA® SoftTouch is the most recent update in a long line of NATRELLE® implants offering various degrees of gel firmness and form stability. These implants are FDA approved for women over 22 years of age and they offer patients medium firmness. The SoftTouch joins other implants like Natrelle INSPIRA® for increased fullness, Natrelle® Classic for a traditional round look, and the Natrelle® 410 for shaped fullness.

Silicone breast implantChoosing Your Ideal Implant

An increase in implant options means a more tailored result for you. However, your implant type isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing an ideal implant. Size, projection, and placement will affect the final look and feel of your breasts. Making these decisions is a process best done with a board-certified plastic surgeon during your consultation.

Undergoing a Consultation

During your consultation, several physical factors are evaluated, which can impact the best implant for you. Additionally, you will discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon. We recommend having a detailed idea of what you want your breasts to look and feel like, rather than simply having a size goal in mind. Common factors discussed during your consultation include:

  • Chest width

  • Breast density

  • Activity levels

  • Ideal breast shape

  • Medical history

If you have questions about your breast implant options or want a breast augmentation consultation, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Austin today. Please call our office at 503.561.7000 or contact us online.

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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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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