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Plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular among all demographics. Whether you are looking to improve your body or breast contour, or you are interested in reversing some of the signs and damages brought on by age, there is a plastic surgery approach that is appropriate for you.
While plastic surgery is elective, many of these options are still invasive, requiring anesthesia and skilled hands throughout the operating room. Complications with plastic surgery procedures are rare; however, they are still possible.
To help counteract this, it is important to find a skilled plastic surgery team who will put your health and safety at the forefront. A large aspect of this comes down to the quality of the facility in which they operate.
Where Will My Plastic Surgery Be Performed?
Plastic surgery procedures can be performed in one of three settings:
- A hospital
- A short-stay surgery center
- A dedicated cosmetic surgery center
Plastic surgeons may prefer one of these over another for any number of reasons. However, there are some things for patients to consider about each option.
Having Your Plastic Surgery in a Hospital
The problem with having your cosmetic procedure performed in a hospital setting is that you risk exposure to illness and infection due to the variety of patients being served.
The hospital operating room process itself may involve a patient needing emergency surgery and delaying your procedure or limiting your time in the recovery room.
Some surgeons may choose to perform more extensive surgeries, like Mommy Makeovers or extended tummy tucks in a hospital, if they expect their patient may require an overnight stay.
However, a cosmetic surgery center is usually well-prepared to accommodate these procedures and is your best bet for straightforward cosmetic surgeries.
Having Your Plastic Surgery at a Short-Stay Surgery Center
A short stay or ambulatory surgery center provides a wide variety of outpatient procedures.
However, they do not typically treat patients with infectious diseases, substantially lowering your risk of infection exposure.
A “generic” surgery center employs qualified anesthesiologists and nursing staff but does not necessarily cater specifically to cosmetic surgeries.
For this reason, it may not be as well-equipped for these procedures as a dedicated cosmetic surgery center.
Having Your Plastic Surgery at a Dedicated Cosmetic Surgery Center
Outpatient centers that are exclusive to plastic surgery are usually best suited for almost all cosmetic procedures, some of which include:
When exploring plastic surgery centers, confirm that they fulfill the following criteria:
- Employs a knowledgeable nursing staff, experienced in a wide variety of cosmetic surgeries, as well as a qualified and experienced anesthesiologist
- The operating rooms have the advanced equipment essential for plastic surgery procedures
- Has multiple comfortable recovery bays
- It is associated with only highly respected, board-certified plastic surgeons
The Inland Empire’s Dedicated Plastic Surgery Center in Ontario, CA
Dr. Troy Andreasen is a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed many cosmetic surgeries in various settings.
He decided to build a state-of-the-art plastic surgery center in Ontario, California, to best serve his cosmetic surgery patients who travel there from all over Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.
This facility was strategically designed to provide the highest level of patient comfort and safety, with two pre-surgery rooms, two operating theaters, and four recovery bays.
Call us at (909) 291-4900 to learn more about the Inland Empire’s leader in cosmetic surgery centers and Dr. Troy Andreasen.
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One of the most common and problematic misconceptions about plastic surgery is that it is only for the socially (and financially) elite.
While it is easy to understand why people believe this, especially since many of our favorite celebrities have been very open about their plastic surgery and cosmetic procedure experiences, the real truth is that plastic surgery is not out of reach for the average person.
In reality, there are plenty of transformative procedures that are widely available to you, and with the ease and accessibility of plastic surgery as well as different payment and financing options, there’s no excuse for not looking the way you desire!
What Are Some of the Most Common Plastic Surgery Procedures?
There are so many different plastic surgery options available nowadays that deciding which is best for you can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, some of the most common procedures address issues that are very common.
These procedures focus on creating more definition, tone, and contours on the body, while ridding patients of stubborn subcutaneous fat. Stubborn fat is the fat that just doesn’t go away, no matter how healthy you eat or how much you exercise.
Below, you’ll find some information on some of the procedures that help address these concerns.
Liposuction surgery is one of the most trusted and popular cosmetic surgery procedures. The results obtained from liposuction are transformative, and liposuction can be completed as a standalone procedure or in aid to other surgical procedures. Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat permanently from the body.
At Inland Breast and Body, we are proud to offer traditional liposuction as well as ultrasound or laser-assisted liposuction.
With traditional liposuction, a small incision is made in the treatment area. A cannula (a thin tube) is inserted through this incision to loosen up the subcutaneous fat. This fat is then vacuumed out of the body through the cannula.
With ultrasound or laser-assisted liposuction, the process is the same, though an ultrasound or laser attachment is added to the tip of the cannula to help loosen more fat up for easier removal. This type of liposuction also allows your plastic surgeon to more precisely target fat and remove more fat than with the traditional process.
Liposuction can be used to remove fat from various parts of the body, including the:
- Love handles and flanks
See more transformations by visiting our liposuction before and after gallery.
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is one of the most common procedures performed for both men and women.
With this procedure, an incision is made above your pubic area, extending from hip to hip. Any excess fat in the belly and abdomen is removed with the use of liposuction. Your plastic surgeon will then correct any abdominal muscle separation by tightening these muscles with internal sutures. Excess skin will be removed, and the remaining skin will be tightened to give you a sleeker, more contoured and toned appearance.
At Inland Breast and Body, we are happy to offer three different types of abdominoplasty: traditional tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, and extended tummy tuck surgeries.
The main difference between these procedures is the extent of correction offered, which helps to decide the length of the incision. Additionally, with a traditional tummy tuck and extended tummy tuck, the belly button can be repositioned. Also, with an extended tummy tuck (also known as a circumferential body lift), excess and sagging skin on your tummy, flanks, and lower back are removed and tightened to give you more dramatic results.
Patients who have undergone extensive weight loss are ideal candidates for a circumferential body lift.
Why Is Plastic Surgery More Affordable Now?
While it’s true that when plastic surgery first became popular several decades ago, it was expensive. Because of this, these procedures seemed to only be enjoyed by rich and famous Hollywood celebrities.
But as the years have passed, plastic surgery techniques have continued to evolve and become perfected, causing the price of the treatments and procedures to decrease to something more manageable for the normal, non-celebrity, individual.
Another reason plastic surgery procedures are more affordable now is simple economics: supply and demand. While not every plastic surgeon is as professional and experienced as they should be (which is why you should choose a trustworthy plastic surgeon, like Dr. Andreasen and the specialists at Inland Breast and Body), there are many plastic surgery practices out there to choose from. Because of this, the costs of different procedures tend to be lower, as these practices compete for your business.
Lastly, financing options allow prospective patients to more easily afford plastic surgery procedures. At Inland Breast and Body, we are happy to offer CareCredit®, Prosper Healthcare Lending, and ALPHAEON® CREDIT to help you finance your procedure(s).
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working woman, someone looking to reenter the dating world, or someone who’s just lost a significant amount of weight, if you are interested in transforming your appearance and rejuvenating your body aesthetic, there’s no stopping you!
Interested in Learning More?
If you have any questions about the procedures we offer or how our financing options work, please contact our office at (909) 291-4900 or schedule a consultation online today!
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If you are considering getting multiple plastic surgery procedures, you may have also entertained the option of combining these procedures.
And that is undoubtedly an option for some patients.
There are advantages and disadvantages of combining several plastic surgery procedures into a single operation. Make sure you know what those are to make a more informed decision for your situation.
What Are the Advantages of Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures?
Advantage: Saves Money and Time
The most obvious advantage is that combining surgeries saves you both money and time. Patients only require a single operation and recovery period, which is a significant advantage.
First, since you are only going into surgery once, you only have to pay for some fees (like anesthesia or facility fees) one time. Additionally, you can combine your recovery into one time period. This means you don’t have to take time off work and your normal activities twice.
Advantage: More Dramatic Results
Another clear advantage is that you will walk away with more dramatic results. When you are out of recovery, you’ll see all the benefits of all your surgeries.
If you want to shock the people in your life, combining surgeries will definitely get you that reaction! It will seem as if you drastically improved overnight!
You can combine procedures performed in similar areas, such as a breast lift and breast augmentation. In fact, if you have plans to have work done in the same area, it can be safer to combine these surgeries. This reduces the number of times a surgeon has to “go into” the area, reducing risk and making the final results much more polished.
Overall, patients should combine procedures where possible but should ask their plastic surgeon to make sure that it makes sense to do so. Whether you want a thigh lift with liposuction or a facelift with your breast lift, it’s up to your doctor to approve the combination.
Is There a Disadvantage?
Disadvantage: Cannot Combine All Procedures
Unfortunately, not all surgeries can be combined effectively or safely. Specifically, patients cannot combine surgical face procedures with body procedures like a tummy tuck or body lift with a facelift. Also, it is usually a bad idea to combine surgeries that require conflicting recovery positions, such as breast augmentation and butt enhancement.
This is because a patient could not keep both incision locations elevated, making their recovery more difficult. And, safety and proper recovery will always be the top concern of any plastic surgeon.
Common plastic surgery combinations include:
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon about other safe and popular plastic surgery combinations.
What Does Combination Plastic Surgeries Look Like?
If you are considering a plastic surgery combination, you may be anxious to learn what types of results are possible. Visit our plastic surgery before and after gallery to see how Dr. Andreasen has helped his previous patients.
Interested in Learning About Your Plastic Surgery Combinations?
If you want answers about your surgery combinations, book a consultation with Dr. Troy Andreasen. We will take the time to answer all your questions and make sure you are taking the safest approach possible.
Schedule an appointment today by calling 909-291-4900 or filling out our online contact form.
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When planning for plastic surgery, you should take a few critical steps starting six weeks before your operation, whether body contouring or facial enhancement. These steps will help your surgeon perform the surgery safely and improve your ability to recover from your cosmetic procedure.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
Reduce Caffeine Intake
Check Your Vitamins and Supplements
Make a Recovery Plan
1. Stop Smoking
The most important step you can take when preparing for any surgery is to stop smoking. Patients who have smoked (even once) leading up to their operation have significantly higher risks during and after their procedure.
Nicotine restricts blood flow and prevents oxygen from getting to cells, which can cause serious complications.
Therefore, patients should stop smoking before surgery and stay away from cigarettes until their recovery is complete. Some side effects associated with smoking before surgery include:
- Heart attack
- Tissue necrosis and gangrene
- Poor wound healing
- Increased risk of complications related to anesthesia
- Increased risk of extensive scarring
If patients refrain from smoking within six weeks of their operation, these risks and more can be significantly reduced.
2. Stop Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol is not as dangerous as nicotine but can still contribute to several complications if consumed within two weeks of an operation. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, increasing the risk of excess bleeding during surgery. It can also inhibit the body’s ability to heal. Patients should stop drinking alcohol for at least two weeks before surgery.
3. Reduce Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is one of the most commonly consumed drugs in America today, and a large part of that is because it is not seen as a drug. However, regardless of the wide acceptance of coffee and energy drinks, caffeine is still a substance that can significantly affect the body.
Caffeine can cause complications during surgery if a patient has high levels in their bloodstream. This is because caffeine can raise the heart rate and blood pressure.
Small amounts of caffeine may assist patients with recovery. However, large amounts (more than two cups per day in the week leading up to the surgery) can increase your risk of complications.
We suggest that if your daily caffeine intake is high, lower it over time. Our general guideline is a maximum of two cups of coffee per day by a week before your surgery. We also recommend maintaining that level of caffeine consumption for at least a week or two following surgery.
These guidelines may change depending on your physical condition and your chosen procedure.
4. Check Your Vitamins and Supplements
One of the greatest risk factors during surgery is an unexpected and adverse reaction between medication used for the surgery and medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements a patient has in their system.
These complications can range from minor annoyances up to potentially deadly complications.
To avoid these risks, patients planning for cosmetic surgery should get all of their medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements cleared by their surgeon at least two weeks before surgery.
Some patients may need to stop taking certain medications before surgery. If this is the case, you should consult your primary care physician to ensure that stopping an existing medication regime is safe for you.
5. Make a Recovery Plan
It is best to prepare ahead of time for your recovery. This will change depending on the type of surgical procedure you are undergoing. If you are planning for breast augmentation with implants, you can find more information on planning for breast augmentation on our blog.
If you are planning for tummy tuck surgery, consider a plan for an extended recovery period. If you are planning for liposuction, consider the areas you are targeting when preparing for your recovery. It is usually a good idea to recover in a way that reduces stress and tension on your incision locations.
Interested in Learning More?
Are you interested in learning more about how to prepare for plastic surgery? Contact us at 909-291-4900 or fill our online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andreasen or another member of our surgical practice.
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With the holidays around the corner, everyone is getting ready to wrap up the year and looking toward their future plans. However, the year isn’t over yet, and there’s still plenty of time to get a few more errands done this year. Many people may not realize it, but getting plastic surgery during the holiday season can be beneficial for patients interested in enhancing their overall appearance.
1. More Comfortable Recovery
Firstly, colder weather makes for a more comfortable recovery compared to warmer months. Many surgeries require the patient to stay indoors and recover for several days to weeks post-procedure. During the hot summer days, this can feel incredibly difficult, especially for individuals who are used to being very active.
Recovery is an essential part of plastic surgery, and a cold, dreary winter makes it easy to stay indoors and follow your doctor’s instructions.
2. You May Already Have Time Off
Many of us have an allotted amount of vacation days we get per year. Many workplaces don’t allow for these days to be carried over to the next year, so it’s a use-them-or-lose-them situation. You can book your surgery while you still have some vacation days to use before the end of the year. This allows you to make the most out of those vacation days while you still can.
Also, some employers give more days off during the holiday season, so why take additional days at another time when you may already have some days given to you?
3. Summer Prep
It’s inevitable: the holiday season ends, January begins, and people start to worry about their summer bodies. You can get a head start on everyone else and be ahead of the game. By getting your plastic surgery in the winter, you will be ready to show off your new beach body once summer comes around.
4. Gift Giving Season
Lastly, if you know someone unhappy with their appearance, consider giving them the gift of plastic surgery. Note that this shouldn’t be a total surprise and works best if the person has expressed a desire to get the procedure done. You can surprise them with a prepaid appointment with a local, qualified plastic surgeon.
Popular Procedures for the Holidays
Some of the most popular procedures during the holidays include:
Liposuction is an excellent procedure to get rid of excess fat and loose skin on the body. It also requires up to one to two weeks of recovery time, making it perfect for the holiday season.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery can help to reshape and define the abdomen area. This procedure takes at least one to two weeks (if not more) of recovery as well.
Breast augmentation will also require several days off for recovery, so the holidays are a perfect time to book the procedure.
Interested in Learning More?
Book your consultation with Dr. Troy Andreasen today by calling (909) 291-4900 or filling out our online contact form.
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Plastic surgery is something many people look forward to as an opportunity to improve their self-image in ways that may not have been possible for them without surgery. However, surgery is a huge commitment and can be quite scary for some people.
The surgeon you choose plays a significant role in whether or not you feel comfortable and safe, as well as confident that you will get the best possible results. Here are a few things to keep in mind while you are making this huge decision:
1. Is Your Surgeon Board Certified?
Not all surgeons are the same.
The very best plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). To become a board-certified plastic surgeon, a doctor must complete six years of surgical training with at least three of those years specializing in plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery.
It is important to note that ABPS is the only board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Alternatively, some cosmetic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS). While this is still a certification, it is not the same and does not hold the same weight. This board only requires a two-year fellowship (opposed to six) following medical school where their specialty may or may not be plastic surgery. Additionally, cosmetic surgeons do not have the same background or training in reconstructive surgery.
While there is no denying that a cosmetic surgeon may be talented, it may be the best choice to narrow your search to doctors that are board-certified in plastic surgery. The length and rigor of training can help to ensure expertise, safety, and high-quality results.
2. What Is Your Surgeon’s Expertise?
Try to find a surgeon who specializes in precisely what you need. A surgeon can be trained to do a variety of procedures, but many specialize in one or two in which they have had exceptional training, practice, and passion.
It can also be helpful to determine which kind of surgeon you need.
Many people do not realize that there is a difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery—since these terms are so often used interchangeably. Cosmetic surgeries are procedures that can improve a person’s aesthetics, such as breast augmentation surgery or facelift surgery.
While plastic surgery still involves and focuses on aesthetic procedures, it also includes reconstructive work. Reconstructive surgeries correct deformities and improve function after trauma, birth defects, or disease.
3. Do You Love Their Before and After Photos?
Before and after photos can tell you a great deal about a surgeon’s technique while giving you visual proof of their expertise.
Plastic surgery is an art form—it requires a keen eye for detail and an artistic vision for what the body is capable of becoming.
You can see the culmination of this vision in a surgeon’s before and after photos. Take a look and pay attention to the patient’s contours. Do the changes made enhance their body’s contours and symmetry? Has the procedure improved the harmony of their body?
Are the results you see in the photos the results you want for yourself.
Want to Learn More?
If you are considering plastic surgery and looking for an experienced plastic surgeon, please contact Dr. Andreasen at 909-287-3045 or fill out this contact form.