The Shape of You

You have plenty of surgical and nonsurgical options to change the way your body looks.

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Many people are not satisfied with the reflection seen in the mirror and turn to outside help to alter areas of concern. We look at some of the most common cosmetic procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, for you to consider.

1.

Facelift

Aesthetic experts claim a facelift can make you look 12 to 15 years younger, according to Juan Brou, plastic surgeon with Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Oklahoma City. This is achieved by reducing the looseness or heaviness of lower facial skin.

Many products and procedures can create a youthful appearance, but Brou says thereai??i??s nothing on the market offering the same results as a facelift. However, he says that doesnai??i??t mean nonsurgical procedures are ineffective. Instead, they offer options for patients not ready or willing to have surgery, or have had surgery and want to maintain the results.

Jeff Alexander, dermatologist and owner/medical director of the Skin Care Institute in Tulsa, says Ultherapy is the only noninvasive, Food and Drug Administration-cleared procedure that lifts and tightens the face, neck and decollete.

ai???The treatment increases the personai??i??s own collagen production, resulting in a more natural looking result,ai??? he says. ai???There is no downtime and results build over a period of six months. While facelift results require plastic surgery; Ultherapy may be a good option for those wanting to avoid surgery. It is also a good option for those wanting collagen stimulation after a surgical lift.ai???

2. Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

ai???The most popular facial surgical procedure [in 2017] was rhinoplasty,ai??? says Tim R. Love, plastic surgeon and owner of Tim R. Love Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Oklahoma City. ai???Most of my patients desire rhinoplasty to improve their appearance. Occasionally, the procedure is performed in conjunction with an ear, nose and throat surgeon focusing on improvement of breathing issues.ai???

Love says an ideal patient has a fully developed nose as well as a mature self-image with realistic expectations.

ai???The decision to have cosmetic surgery must always be made by the patient and for the patient ai??i?? not to meet someone elseai??i??s expectations,ai??? he says.

While recovery time varies, rhinoplasty patients can expect some bruising and swelling for a couple of weeks with results visible in several months.

3. Tummy Tucks

People unhappy with their midsectionsAi??seek abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) but specific procedures vary with individual needs.

ai???People often who have not had children and have good skin tone and good muscle tone can qualify for liposuction only,ai??? Cuzalina says. ai???But those with loose skin or bulging rectus abdominal muscles after children or following weight loss likely need a tummy tuck.ai???

The two most common tummy tucks are the full and mini. A full tummy tuck tightens loose skin above and below the navel; a mini tuck tightens only the lower abdomen below the navel.

For a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, Malissa Spacek, managing partner and founder of BA Med Spa and Weight Loss Center in Broken Arrow, offers Coolsculpting, ai???an ideal procedure for anyone who has stubborn bulges of fat that they cannot get rid of,ai??? she says. ai???Results can be seen in as little as three weeks and will continue to improve for three months, at which point a patient will see the full results.ai???

She notes its popularity is due to its consistency because ai???each patient can expect to see a 20- to 25-percent fat reduction in one treatmentai??? and itai??i??s the ai???only noninvasive procedure that permanently kills fat cells.ai???

4. Butt Lifts

For those wanting to boost their derrieres, Cuzalina says the Brazilian butt lift remains extremely popular ai??i?? a procedure performed by liposuctioning areas of the back and hips and injecting the fat into the buttocks to provide more fullness and shape.

Brou notes that Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have helped popularize buttock augmentation with fat grafting.

ai???Progress has been made, technically improving the way we harvest, process and re-inject the fat, therefore increasing success,ai??? he says. ai???Improved concepts in the aesthetics of the thighs and buttock permit more attractive and natural results. Patients benefit from a thigh or buttock lift after significant weight loss ai??i?? either after pregnancies, change in lifestyle or post-bariatric surgery. Because of the volume loss, the skin loses support, sags, and wrinkles. These issues can be improved surgically.ai???

Minimally Invasive Procedures
For those seeking minimally invasive methods on their faces and bodies, Love offers BodyTite and FaceTite, which are advanced contouring procedures with radio frequency-assisted liposuction.

ai???The treatment melts fat while tightening the skin and soft tissue overlying areas traditionally treated with liposuction alone,ai??? he says.

BodyTite and FaceTite allow patients to avoid long incisions and painful recovery periods.

ai???Results have been shown to ai???shrinkai??i?? skin and soft tissue up to 40 percent,ai??? Love says. ai???The remarkable results allow ai???lift likeai??i?? results without the incisions and downtime of recovery from traditional face lift, neck lift, breast lift, abdominoplasty, arm lift and thigh/knee lift procedures.

Patients will wear post-procedure compression garments for a short time to ensure proper healing and optimum results. BodyTite and FaceTite do not require hospitalization or general anesthesia. Patients are safely managed under local anesthesia and gentle oral sedation.ai???

5.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

For those seeking minimally invasive methods on their faces and bodies, Love offers BodyTite and FaceTite, which are advanced contouring procedures with radio frequency-assisted liposuction.
ai???The treatment melts fat while tightening the skin and soft tissue overlying areas traditionally treated with liposuction alone,ai??? he says.

BodyTite and FaceTite allow patients to avoid long incisions and painful recovery periods.

ai???Results have been shown to ai???shrinkai??i?? skin and soft tissue up to 40 percent,ai??? Love says. ai???The remarkable results allow ai???lift likeai??i?? results without the incisions and downtime of recovery from traditional face lift, neck lift, breast lift, abdominoplasty, arm lift and thigh/knee lift procedures.

Patients will wear post-procedure compression garments for a short time to ensure proper healing and optimum results. BodyTite and FaceTite do not require hospitalization or general anesthesia. Patients are safely managed under local anesthesia and gentle oral sedation.ai???

6.

HairAi??Restoration

Having undergone two hair transplants, Love speaks from personal experience when he sings the procedureai??i??s praises.

ai???I have been thrilled with my results,ai??? he says. ai???My hair transplant patients are some of the happiest. I am able to help them restore their self-image and self-confidence.ai???

He says most of his patients are men, but many women also seek hair transplants.

ai???While we can make use of multiple techniques, we have found the strip-harvesting method to be the most effective,ai??? Love says. ai???This involves surgically excising two narrow strips of good hair from the donor site on the back of the patientai??i??s scalp. Once these strips are dissected into the desired number of multi-hair follicle grafts, they are planted in areas of need. Patients will experience varying growth patterns; but within nine to 12 months, they should have ai???newai??i?? hair in areas previously thin or bare.ai???

For a nonsurgical approach, Angelo Cuzalina, cosmetic surgeon and owner of Tulsa Surgical Arts, offers Sunetics Laser Hair Restoration, a low-level laser therapy stimulating blood flow to follicles to increase hair growth and density. The treatment is painless, requires multiple sessions and is best for early hair loss, not for full male-pattern baldness.

7. Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation continues to be a sought after procedure as women choose either saline or silicone breast implants to increase their breast sizes. A breast lift or mastopexy removes excess skin and tightens surrounding tissue to reshape and raise the breasts.

ai???The criteria I use to determine who needs an augmentation alone or a lift with augmentation [are] the breast measurements, evaluation of the quality of the tissues, and most importantly the patientai??i??s preferences,ai??? Brou says. ai???Often times, patients fall right on the fence, where they could get a reasonable result either way. The realization that the lift requires additional scars may sway the patientai??i??s choice.ai???

As a nonsurgical alternative, Cuzalina offers the ThermiBreast system, which uses controlled, applied heat to contract tissue. 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