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Tattoo Removal: Our Newest Service

Sep 15, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Laser Tattoo Removal

We have used various lasers at The Aesthetic Center for more than 20 years, but have just now added the capability of laser tattoo removal.  Tattoos have become widespread in our country and most people are pleased with their results.  There is a significant number however that decide they want to remove a complete tattoo or a portion of one.  This may be because the design no longer suits the individual or they no longer feel it is appropriate for their lifestyle.  Tattoo removal with lasers is most commonly done with the Q-switched YAG laser.


Comparing CoolSculpting and Liposuction

Sep 12, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
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CoolSculpting received FDA approval in 2010, as a nonsurgical fat reduction technique.  Controlled intense cooling is applied to areas of the body to gradually reduce localized fat collections.  Gradual loss of a portion of the fat cells in the area, and measurable reduction in fat thickness occurs.  Studies show approximately 20% reduction in thickness with a single treatment. Multiple treatments in the same area produce additional reduction.  The treatments require patients to lay still on a comfortable adjustable bed.  No medication or anesthesia is needed.  No recovery period, garments or activity limitations are recommended.  It can be used on most of the same areas of the body as liposuction, although there a few limitations.  Neither method significantly tightens loose skin, so other procedures may be more suitable (tummy tuck, neck lift, etc.).  Liposuction can treat or remove a much larger amount of fat.


Breast Implants Over Sixty

Sep 5, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
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 Many people are surprised to hear that a significant portion of our breast augmentation patients are in their sixties. And this is only first-time breast patients; there are also many that are having re-operation to maintain or improve their enhancement.  It does not surprise us because we see so many women and men who are physically fit and active (tennis, biking, Cross-Fit, rowing, Barre & Pilates, running, etc.).  We are just part of patient's strategy to keep looking and feeling their best.  Tummy tuck and breast lift would be even more common in our experience.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2015 data shows 2% of breast augmentation patients.  Overall 23% of cosmetic surgery procedures were performed on 55+ patients.  The top 5 operations were eyelid tuck (blepharoplasty), facelift, dermabrasion, liposuction and forehead lift.  


Only FDA approved BotoxCosmetic Used

Sep 2, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Botulinum Toxin Fda Approved Official Name Brand

The local news recently reported on an area medical practice sanctioned by the federal government for using non-FDA approved botulinum toxin.  We want to assure our patients that we only purchase brand-name BOTOXCosmetic from the manufacturer Allergan Corporation.  They assure us that we receive only FDA approved quality product for all of our patients. 

http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/Why-Botox-Cosmetic#


"Best Anesthesia Experience Ever"

Aug 30, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Local General Anesthesia Oral Sedation Certified

Many people tell us they have no anxiety about our cosmetic surgery, but their only concern is "being put to sleep."  The current possibilities include:

  • local anesthesia alone
  • local with oral sedation
  • local with IV sedation (twilight, MAC)
  • general anesthesia

 Anesthesia for cosmetic surgery has evolved greatly. Most minor procedures are done with local anesthesia and little or no sedation.  Most major procedures are done using general anesthesia, but with techniques and depth of anesthesia adjusted to suit each patient and procedure.  Safety and comfort are our paramount considerations.  There is no higher standard than use of an experienced, board certified MD anesthesiologist.  Use of nurse anesthetists is the most common method in our region, some are supervised by an on-site MD and others are supervised by the plastic surgeon.  We use only MDs. 


Happy First Anniversary: Beth Browne, MD and assistant Caron!

Aug 24, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Beth Browne Physician Injector Aesthetic Medicine

Happy anniversary Dr. Browne!  One year ago today, Dr. Beth Browne joined our practice.  We want to recognize and celebrate this.  For those of you that haven't met her, she is a skilled and talented physician who limits her practice to the field of aesthetic or cosmetic medicine.  She does not perform cosmetic surgical procedures, which Dr. Graham does.  Her 10+ years have beeen dedicated to using injectable products to enhance women and men's appearance.

Her most common procedure is Botox treatment of active facial muscles, softening wrinkles, frown lines, and creases.  She also does many filler and volume injections, using Juvederm and Voluma.  She is one of the areas most experienced physicians performing these procedures. 


What Procedure Is Most Valuable? Here is our opinion and why - eyelid tuck.

Aug 22, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Best Plastic Surgery Eyelid Blepharoplasty Tired Or Baggy Eyes

What is the best cosmetic surgery procedure?  That is a difficult question, and the best answer for any one person really depends on their own anatomy and which features they like and don't like.  There in actually no one best procedure for everyone, but blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) is one procedure that is often beneficial for men and women, over a wide range of ages, among different nationalities and skin types.

Beginning in the thirties, the eyelid are of the face begins to show changes.  Some are due to gravity.  Some are due to changes in elasticity and tone of fat and muscles.  Some changes are due to ultraviolet damage (sun exposure and tanning).  Eventually even the bony skeleton changes.  By our fifties most of us notice significant change in the appearance of our eye area.


Male Breast Reduction; Third Most Common Procedure

Aug 19, 2016 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Gynecomastia Man Boobs Body Contouring Chest

Men: Look Good With Your Shirt Off.  We were surprised to hear a recent patient say they didn't realize a plastic surgeon in our area treats men with overly prominent breasts.  We've been doing that for 15+ years.  Recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows "breast reduction in men (gynecomastia)" is the third most common male cosmetic surgery procedure.  http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/news-resources/statistics/2015-statistics/cosmetic-procedures-men-2015.pdf

Our most common male procedures also include eyelid tuck (blepharoplasty), facelift, liposuction, tummy tuck.  And many men see us for Botox, skin care, laser and hair removal (in pure numbers of procedures, non-surgical treatments are more common).

 


Elle.com and Elle Magazine Feature the Ideal Implant

Oct 16, 2015 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Natural Feeling Implant Saline Implant Ideal Implant

A brief online article notes the availability of this new structured saline implant, and quotes it's developer plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Hamas.    See the link here: http://www.elle.com/beauty/a31042/a-brief-history-of-breast-implants/


End Of Summer Skin Care, from TALK Magazine

Oct 2, 2015 — by Dr. Sutton Graham | Comments (0)
Tags: Skin Care Dermaplanning Exfoliation

Our staff was recently interviewed to help readers improve their after-summer skin.  Quotes from our own Lyn Smeak's interview for TALK magazine and GreenvilleOnline.com

“Exfoliation is basically removing the top dead cells on the surface of the skin,” Smeak says. “It can help with hydration, pigment irregularities, texture and clarity of the skin.”

Smeak says one of the best — and most simple — ways to exfoliate the skin is dermaplaning, known as the lunch-hour makeover because it’s done within an hour and there is no downtime.

“On its own, dermaplaning is very simple and makes the skin more receptive to products and hydration that otherwise wouldn’t be able to get past that dead skin cell layer,” she says. “It can be very effectively teamed with a moisture mask or clarify mask for acne or chemical peel for other things like aging skin.”