PLASTIC SURGERY ARTICLES

Here at the Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center, we take pride in our reputation as a leading authority on plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures. We want every patient to be thoroughly educated and completely at ease with the treatments they are considering.

  • The face is extremely complex. Myriad nerve endings, thousands of muscle fibers, hundreds of glands, veins, ducts and layers. Add to this the fact that no two faces are identical—we age differently and develop wrinkles in a variety of locations and intensities. Carefully assessing the appropriate locations, choosing the right combination and the right amount of injections to achieve the desired results requires in-depth knowledge, finesse, and surgical precision. Facial rejuvenation is an art and a science. An artful eye… More >>

  • The forehead is especially susceptible to signs of aging, simply because it’s so expressive. Surprise, concern, interest, disbelief, anger, joy and the majority of other human emotions all transform the brow and shift the eyebrows. Repetitive expressions over many years eventually become wrinkles, wrinkles eventually become deep creases. These “memory lines” in the forehead have a tendency to make a person look concerned, stern, or just older than they actually are. HOW WE TREAT IT Muscles tend to work in… More >>

  • A powerful and protective muscle surrounds the eye. In a split-second it can squeeze the area shut, completely closing and shielding the pupil from harm. It’s also a very expressive muscle. Squinting, smiling and other facial emotions engage this area of the face hundreds of times per day. Decades of folding and refolding skin develops noticeable wrinkles. Crows feet are wrinkles that radiate from the corners of the eyes. They are harmless and completely natural, but can make us appear… More >>

  • Men’s skin is different. Alpha FIT by Clarisonic is engineered to get men’s skin cleaner and healthier looking – clearing away dirt, sweat and oil. Alpha FIT cleanses 6x better than hands alone while prepping face and neck for a closer, smoother shave.

  • Form stable, cohesive gel implants provide a more natural contour. To date, saline and silicone implants have essentially been round. Even though we can get good results with round implants, a natural-looking breast tends to have a more “teardrop” profile. Some efforts have been made through the years to create implants that have a natural shape, using a cohesive gel, meaning a gel that could hold a different shape. The shortcoming of these implants was that they weren’t cohesive enough, and over time we found that they… More >>

  • Although many doctors claim to practice plastic surgery, not all have the same degree of surgical training. Motivated by profit, and taking a few seminars put on by manufactures of new products and procedures, many family practitioners, dentists, oral surgeons and even OB/GYNs have added some plastic surgery procedures to their practice, including certain types of skin care and injectables. Frankly, a few seminars and classes does not make anybody an expert. It takes much more time, particularly in cosmetic… More >>

  • It’s important to understand that breast implants are not permanent. Given enough time, things in the body change, and additional surgery may be required. Time isn’t the only cause of implant problems; we occasionally treat patients who had received less-than-perfect augmentations and need help to improve or correct any issues, or we see people who have been in accidents that have caused damage to their implants. The three most common issues are capsule hardening, implant rupturing and implant displacement. Capsule Hardening… More >>

  • Our impressions of plastic surgery are based mostly on what we’ve seen on television and in the movies. We’ve seen enemy agents undergo facial reconstruction to look like another person. We’ve seen patients select the nose they want out of a book. The impression is that plastic surgery can do almost anything for anyone. These ideas can be misleading—good TV, not good science. We’re not talking about nuts and bolts. When we talk about Plastic Surgery or Cosmetic Procedures, we’re… More >>

  • Botox and Juvéderm injectable treatments are quick and easy ways to restore the youthfulness of your face. In order to minimize possible side effects and maximize your results, stop taking Aspirin, Vitamin E, and St. John’s Wort at least two weeks before your appointment. This will reduce the risk of bruising. Ask us about purchasing one of our homeopathic remedies to further reduce bruising associated with injectables. We currently offer Arnica Montana Blister Packs and Arnica Anti-Bruise Kits, and costs… More >>

  • It’s our goal to get to the truth behind the hype, and to help patients make the best decisions for their health, appearance and well-being. Patients usually choose to have cosmetic surgery because they want to, not because they need the procedure. These personal choices are often influenced by stereotypes and aggressive marketing that can contain confusing and misleading information. For example: the “latest and greatest” in medicine is actually an oxymoron, because the newest things are always the least proven. What makes us able to understand if something… More >>

  • After your operation, it’s important to let your body rest for at least 48 hours to avoid bleeding or increased swelling. Don’t do any overhead lifting for 3 to 4 weeks. Drink plenty of water, and slowly progress to other clear liquids such as tea or juice. Drinking ginger ale is good for nausea. Eat light foods as you can tolerate, and resume your regular diet after 2 days. Take medications according to the instructions on the bottle. If you’re… More >>

  • It is very critical that you do not perform any maneuvers that will generate a sudden rise in blood pressure the day after surgery. Examples are a constipated bowel movement, sudden coughing fit, or bending over and reaching down to tie a shoelace. Keep your head elevated for the first two days after surgery. An easy way to do this would be using two pillows or a rolled blanket under the head of the mattress. Keep your head in a… More >>