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Belly Fat: When Can We Help, and When Is It Up To You?

Mar 3, 2015 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Visceral Fat Belly Fat Intra Abdominal Fat Tummy Tuck Liposuction

We frequently are asked to evaluate patients for possible improvement by liposuction & tummy tuck.  One important assessment is the location of tummy fat; is it under tummy skin (accessible) or inside the abdomen, around the organs (inaccessible).  We can help patients with the former.  If the latter is the main problem, then surgery or non-surgical procedures will not help you.  We cannot tell through photos, only through an in-person physical exam.  Come for a consultation if you need our advice. A recent article in Health magazine explains the differences in an easily understood manner.  See their link below http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20899063,00.html

"Ideal Implant": Best of Both Worlds (Saline & Silicone Gel)?

Dec 3, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Breast Implant Baffled Saline New Idealimplant

FDA approval was recently announced for a new design in saline filled breast implants.  Ideal Implant Incorporated working with Valent Pharmaceuticals announced approval to market their new breast implant in the USA & Canada.  The implant is designed to incorporate the best of saline filled (safety, leak detection, easy replacement) and silicone gel filled implants (feel, ripple reduction).  Dr. Graham will offer these devices when the become available.

Breast Cancer: Knowledge of Risk Factors

Oct 1, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Breast Cancer Risk Factors

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We will start it off giving you an excellent reference article about risk factors: some you can and some you cannot change.  See the link to American Cancer Society.

The "Graham Lift" & Brand Name Operations: Lifestyle lift®, Biltmore lift®, Brazilian lift®, etc.

We are occasionally asked how is the procedure you do different from one of these brand name procedures. Dr. Graham frequently is unable to tell you the answer.  The terms often aren't actually specific operations.  The brand names represent a new concept in marketing surgery.  They do not necessarily describe a actual operation done by a surgeon, but rather a concept, trademark, logo, etc. used to allow simple promotion of a company. 

Ladies, Remind Your Men

Sep 3, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Prostate Health Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is the month each year when the American Urological Association encourages everyone to remember adult men's health care.  As a provider of care to more women than men, we'll take the opportunity to encourage all our patients to remind their men to schedule an annual physician visit that includes prostate health screening.

What Is The Best Thing For My Face?

Aug 19, 2014 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Blepharoplasty Eyelid Tuck Facial Rejuvenation

When you feel you look old or tired, and when others comment on such an appearance, it is often reflected from our eyes.  When we’re tired it is not unusual for our upper lids to settle a little, but in our 40’s (or beyond) this is often due to changes in the elasticity of the skin and underlying layers. The procedure is relatively short, out-patient, with local or general anesthesia, little pain, and a brief recovery.  Excess skin and underlying bulk is carefully marked and measured, tiny incisions are made, and Dr. Graham removes redundant tissue.  The scar falls within the natural eyelid crease or normal wrinkle lines.  These scars heal with some of the finest scars anywhere on the body.  Many patients return to work in one week, but traces of the procedure take 2-3 weeks to fade.  You can resume golfing, gardening, and work-outs in 3 weeks. 

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)

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.


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.


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.