Shawn D Vandemark, MD
Specialty: Plastic/reconstructive Surgery
Location and Office HoursVandemark Plastic Surgery
Valdosta, GA 31605
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia
- BlueChoice (BC/BS of GA)
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Humana Health Plan
- TRICARE South/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
What should I expect when recovering from a tummy tuck?
Erik Hoy, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredYou should expect to play a large role in your recovery. Understand that you will need to be able to motivate yourself to walk and get about on the day after your surgery, while remembering not to do too much. Mild discomfort and a feeling of tightness in your lower abdomen should be expected. Mild pain medications prescribed by your doctor will help with this initial soreness. Sleeping with several pillows beneath your shoulders and knees should help, as will walking with a slight bend at your waist. This tight feeling should resolve after a week or two, but your tight new stomach will remain! Feel free to wear clothes that flatter your new physique if you so choose, just remember to avoid those garments that rub or bind in the areas of your scar. Some surgeons may recommend that you wear a binder, or compressive garment for some period after surgery. This will help prevent any fluid from accumulating in the plane of your healing wound. While we are on the subjects of clothing and incisions, be sure to keep your surgical sites covered and out of direct sunlight for several months. This will allow the scar to mature with a minimum risk of hyper- or hypopigmentation (becoming a lighter or darker shade than the surrounding skin).
How is a breast augmentation done?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered
Breast augmentation procedures should be performed under general anesthesia in an accredited ambulatory facility. Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform breast augmentations daily. I personally perform many breast augmentations weekly. The majority of patients have either saline or silicone implants placed in the dual plane or the subpectoral pocket. In other words, the implants are placed at least two-thirds underneath the pectoralis major muscle with the lateral third of the implant often placed behind the glandular tissue. The approach to breast augmentation can include an incision made through the inferior areola under the nipple, the inframammary approach under the crease, or under the armpit known as transaxillary. Saline and silicone implants are now FDA approved. Patients must be 22 years of age in order to have silicone gel implants placed. Implants can be placed either subglandular or retromammary, above the muscle, or submuscular or behind the muscle. In general, we most often place the implants behind the muscle in order to reduce visibility, capsular contracture, and palpability of the bags. Once again, breast augmentation should be performed by board-certified plastic surgeons who have trained and have the experience and judgment to understand the anatomy of the chest wall.
What is a canthopexy?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredA canthopexy is a simple procedure that tightens the lower eyelid and elevates its position. Usually one or two dissolvable or permanent stitches attach the muscle of the lower lid to a slightly higher position on the outer bony rim. No additional scars are created. If the lid is very loose, it may be necessary to perform a more radical tightening procedure, perhaps one that removes a wedge of eyelid skin or one that detaches and repositions the lower lid muscle from the bone.
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