Shawn D. Vandemark, MD
Specialty: Plastic/reconstructive Surgery
Location and Office HoursVandemark Plastic Surgery
3322 Greystone Way Ste B
Valdosta, GA 31605
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Tricare/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredPatients who are excellent candidates for tummy tuck have abdominal skin laxity and rectus diastasis. There needs to be enough skin from above the belly button or umbilicus to the suprapubic region to perform a full abdominoplasty procedure. Patients should be in good medical health and no longer have future pregnancies.
What are the possible complications of lipotherme?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Lipotherme is not considered a high-risk procedure, but it does carry a risk of complications. Possible complications could come from a bad reaction to anesthesia, which can range from discomfort (rash, nausea) to life-threatening (coma, heart failure, respiratory failure, death). Lipotherme uses a local anesthetic, which carries a smaller risk then general anesthetic. Other complications such as infection, temporary or permanent numbness, scarring, uneven skin contours, and extensive bleeding that might require a trip to the hospital are also possible. The best way to avoid complications is to be open with your surgeon about your medical drug history and to ensure that your surgeon is highly qualified. Discuss your risk of complications with your surgeon before surgery.
How do I figure out which type of breast implant is best for me?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredIn general, there are both smooth and textured implants available. Smooth implants are now considered the most favored implants by board certified plastic surgeons for elective cosmetic augmentation mammoplasty procedures. Smooth implants behind the muscle do not stick to the tissue as a Velcro-like textured implant may, which increases visibility and rippling. Textured implants, however, are quite useful especially when there are minimal amounts of breast tissue, such as after a mastectomy, in order to reduce encapsulation and scar tissue. In my practice I prefer smooth wall implants both in saline and silicone and prefer to place the implants under the muscle using the dual plane technique.
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