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Help My Eyelashes

Jul 15, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Eyelash Growth Latisse Bimatoprost Tinting Extensions

We actually offer several ideas to improve your lashes.  Latisse is the only FDA approved medication that can produce longer, darker and thicker natural lashes.  You apply it nightly and see response over a few weeks.  There are few side effects and almost all patients get a good response.  This is a popular product, for good reasons.  Eyelash tinting is done by our Skin Care Specialists, often combined with regular facials, or other treatments.  Eyelash extensions can be applied to your lash area for more immediate results. Official Latisse site: http://www.latisse.com/?cid=sem_bin_s_1293&sadid=44700000089476594


"Time Out" Part of Patient Safety

Jun 8, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
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One of the patient safety measures we employ.  This coming Wednesday is promoted by the Association of periOpertive Nurses to encourage other facilities to adopt this technique.  We've already been doing this for years.

http://www.aorn.org/timeout/


Breast Reduction: Insurance Company Requirements

Jun 3, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Breast Reduction Insurance Breast Lift Male Breast

Breast reduction is done by plastic surgeons for many women.  Most of them are covered by health insurance.  If you have DD or larger breasts, back / neck / shoulder pain, which hasn't responded to over the counter medications, interference with daily activities, and if the surgeon estimates removing more than 1-2 pounds of excess tissue,  then your health insurance will likely cover reduction surgery.  However insurance companies do not all use the same requirements.  Some require you to have treatments prior to seeing a plastic surgeon, so you are wise to inquire of them first.  We do not require referral (we'll help you anyway), but your insurance may so check first.  Your primary care doctor may be able to answer your questions, or call customer service at your insurance company.

http://www.expertplasticsurgeon.com/photogallery/breast-reduction-4799


Different Types of Facelifts; Please Explain?

May 27, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Facelift Mini Lift Short Scar Lifestyle S Lift

We get this question a lot from callers and patients.  And we understand why. 

The standard facelift currently includes techniques for the cheeks, jowls, jawline and neck.   That means eyelids, forehead, lips, etc are separate elements in our evaluation and treatment, but usually combined when we plan surgery.  It typically takes more than 3 hours, and is done under general anesthesia.

A mini-lift (limited facelift) means some reduction from the standard facelift; shorter incision, no neck incision, less internal support, and less skin slack removed.  The advantages include less pain and swelling, less chance of bruising, less temporary numbness.  These procedures are best for younger men and women with mainly cheek and jowl concerns, who want a natural appearing result with less down-time.  These procedures may be offered under local anesthesia, and are less often combined with eyelid lift or other procedures.


CoolSculpting in the National News

May 22, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Coolsculpting Freezing Fat Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

CBS's show This Morning today 5/22/14 featured another segment on our CoolSculpting technology.  They had a supportive report featuring videos, physician and patient interviews, and commentary.  Gayle seemed very interested.  If potential patients are interested, we suggest you call us at 864-676-1707.  There is no charge for an in-person evaluation with Dr. Graham or one of our staff.


How Soon Can I Go Back To Work?

May 22, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Breast Implants Lift Eyelid Lipo

About a week is the simplest answer.  But there's more.  If your job is not physical or strenuous, and your procedure is one of the 5 most common (except tummy tuck) you should be able to return in one week or less.  Many patients have breast implants or lift, eyelid tuck, or liposuction on Thursday and go to work on the next week.  With facial procedures your colleagues will obviously see the early swelling and possibly bruising, and they'll want to know more about your experience.  With tummy tuck we usually suggest waiting 1.5 weeks before you resume driving or office work.  On the other hand vigorous jobs might mean 2-6 weeks of restrictions.  During a personal consultation we'll learn more about you and explain this in detail.


A billion dollars worth of unwanted fat: liposuction was top cosmetic surgery in 2013.

Mar 28, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Liposuction Coolsculpting Body Contouring

In 2013 Americans chose to have fat removed by liposuction 363,900 times.  Liposuction spending was eatimated at $1,024,300,000.  Lipo was more common than breast augmentation, which is frequently the top national procedure.  Liposuction increased 16% from the prior year.  These figures do not include CoolSculpting, a nonsurgical fat reduction method that is increasingly popular.  These statistics are from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) of which Dr. Graham is an active member. http://www.surgery.org/media/news-releases/the-american-society-for-aesthetic-plastic-surgery-reports-americans-spent-largest-amount-on-cosmetic-surger For our own website, check this link: http://www.expertplasticsurgeon.com/body-cosmetic-surgery


Major increase in plastic surgery procedures: End of the great recession?

Mar 26, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: New Cosmetic Procedure Trends Botox Liposuction

Americans spent $12 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2013 (surgical and nonsurgical).  That's one of the conclusions of the recent annual statistics by the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) of which Dr. Graham is an active member.  That includes $7B for surgical and $5B nonsurgical, such as lasers, Botox, Restylane, and new Voluma.  These figures are higher than any year since 2008.

The most common surgeries were liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid tuck, tummy tuck, and nose surgery.    Botox increased 15% and all nonsurgical procedures increased 13%.

Record numbers of consumers were doing online research for cosmetic surgery.  For the procedures listed above the increased traffic from the prior year were:  lipo 76%, aug 62%, eyelid 58%, tummy 48% and nose 53% more inquires.  The so-called Brazilian Butt Lift saw the largest increases, searches doubled in frequency.


Please Welcome Barbara and Nicole

Jan 5, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Registered Nurse Certified Surgical Technologist

Please join us in welcoming two new members of our team, specifically in our accredited surgical facility; Barbara (Babbs) Godfrey and Nicole Smith. 

Barbara Godfrey joined us to enhance our surgical team and run our OR.  She is an experienced peri-operative registered nurse.  She will assist our patients from initial information, through pre-operative preparation, and intra-operative nursing, then finally post-anesthesia recovery.  She works in conjunction with Sara Christie, RN in many of these activities.

Nicole Smith has years of experience as a certified surgical technologist, the person who actually assists Dr. Graham as he performs the surgical procedures.  (That's the person passing instruments to the surgeon you often see on television.)  She'll also assist him seeing office patients, so you will have the opportunity to get to know her before and after your procedures. 

 


"Voluma" New HA Facial Volume Enhancement. We're among the first practices to offer this.

Dec 13, 2013 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Voluma Hyauronic Acid Filler Facial Aging

There is a new long lasting facial filler available.  Juvederm Voluma is an injectable filler to improve facial aging changes, specifically loss of cheek volume that occurs over time.  It is a new and unique produce giving immediate and fairly long lasting results.  This is not the same as Juvederm XC, which is approved for treating wrinkles near the mouth (nasolabial groove).