Your Breasts and Your Self-Esteem

box2Summer brings with it heat, and with high temperatures the shorts get shorter and the tops get smaller. For many women who have small breasts, summer also brings with it feelings of low self-esteem and self-consciousness.

Clothes and bathing suits that are made for women are cut on a bias for a woman’s figure. Most shirts, blouses, and dresses are cut with an hourglass shape, perfect for women who have adequate breast tissues, a small waist, and curvy hips. However, there is no one specific shape to women’s bodies, and those who are smaller in the breast area often find that they do not fill out the upper portion of clothing garments that are meant to flaunt the breasts. The same is true of bathing suits. Most bathing suit tops are meant to accentuate or show off the breasts, yet for women who have smaller chests this is often a source of discontentment.
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Torn Earlobe Repair

Hunter R. Moyer, MD

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While not given a great deal of credit, the ears are necessary appendages of the face that give symmetry to the facial appearance. Often, the ears are not given much attention unless they are malformed, misshapen, or injured. The earlobes can undergo damage that splits the tissue and causes damage that is unable to repair itself on its own. Torn earlobe repair requires the delicate hands of a plastic surgeon in order to repair the tear with minimal scarring. The earlobes are constructed of very soft skin and fatty tissue, making them easily susceptible to damage. Excessive weight from jewelry and trauma can easily overcome the strength of the earlobe, making it necessary for reconstructive repair to be done.
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Neck Lift Procedure

Dr_MoyerThere are many different factors that contribute to the changes in the facial appearance. Age, weight, weight loss, genetics, sun exposure, and smoking have the greatest impact on the appearance of the face. Age will take its toll on everyone at some point, and your tendency towards other factors can contribute to unwanted or early signs of aging in the neck.

The neck is a complicated part of the body that connects the head to the rest of the body. It is constantly moving throughout any day as people look in different directions, speak, chew, and even changing positions as you sleep. Constant movement with anything can cause laxity to occur, and this contributes to the sagging skin of the neck. People with certain genetic factors are more prone to a “turkey neck” than others, and this loosening of skin can add years to a person’s appearance. Some people are more prone to an excess amount of fat in the neck region, which causes them to have the appearance of a double chin or even a missing chin because the excess fat has taken away the definition of the jaw line.
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Breast Reduction

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Cumming GA Breast Reduction Plastic SurgeonIn today’s society, it may surprise you to know that there are many women who are uncomfortable with the largeness of their breasts. While it does seem to be a popular trend among secular society for women to “flaunt their assets,” there are many women who desire to dramatically reduce their size of their breasts.

For some women, overly large breasts create physical and emotional issues and can have a negative effect on their overall health. Back and neck problems are often associated with large breasts as the weight of the breasts causes an increase of pressure while standing straight up. This extra weight can lead women to overcompensate and arch their backs or pull their shoulders back, or it can lead women to constantly leaning forward and pulling their spines into a hunched position. Extra weight from overly large breasts can cause quite a bit of discomfort for many women, and is the most common reason cited for breast reduction surgery.
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Male Eyelid Surgery

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Cumming GA Plastic Surgeon

Many people feel that their outward appearance does not correctly reflect their inner appearance. On the inside they feel vibrant and energetic, yet outwardly they give off an impression of being tired, depressed, or grumpy. Many men choose eyelid surgery, medically referred to as Blepharoplasty, to improve the appearance of their eyes. Heavy, sagging upper eyelids and/or heavy, drooping lower eyelids can add years to a person’s facial appearance. Dr. Hunter Moyer can restore your youthful appearance so that your outside reflects your true personality.
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Thigh Lift

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box3Yes, it’s just February, but it is never too early to begin thinking about how your legs are going to look when it is time to break out your shorts. Women and men are built very differently, and where they carry their weight is also very different. While men tend to carry their extra weight around their middle section, women tend to find that their problem area revolves around their hips and thighs. The thighs are often difficult for women to tone and tighten, and they are also the area that sees significant sagging after a significant amount of weight. Dr. Hunter Moyer, MD offers thigh lift surgery for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their thighs. He uses a customized approach to help women find the confidence they desire in their legs.
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Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?

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Cumming GA Plastic SurgeonIt is clear that thin is in and has been for the last decade or more. Current trends like the thigh gap and the amount of money spent in the United States on weight loss programs points to the obsession we have with fat. Research has weighed in (pun intended) that both genetics and free-will play a major role in our weight. Recent discovery of the FTO gene, and the resultant obesity if the gene is mutated indicates that some people have a hereditary cause for obesity. Having said that, large identical twin studies from California show that people with the exact same genetic make-up can or cannot become obese based on their lifestyle.

So what is fat, and why do we need it? Fat (or triglycerides) are an essential source of energy for humans. A calorie is a measure of this energy, and it is defined as the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. But not all foods are the same. A gram of proteins or carbohydrates contain enough energy for four calories, whereas fats provide energy for nine calories. If we are all marathon runners it probably doesn’t matter how many calories (and fat) we are consuming.

A fat cell (or adipocyte) serves several purposes in your body. Primarily, fat cells are storage containers of fat. If you look at a fat cell under the microscope you see a small cell body and a large space filled with triglycerides. When you gain weight, you don’t make many new fat cells. Rather the storage space stretches to accommodate the increase in fat. (As a side note, cellulite develops because the bulging fat cells push against tethering points between your muscles and skin) Fat cells also serve to protect and insulate your body, and they are a source for enzymes that produce steroid hormones like estrogen and leptin. Fat cells are essential, but only in moderation.

Losing fat is not impossible, but losing fat cells is extremely difficult. As we covered earlier when you lose weight you will deplete the fat stores within the fat cells of your body, but you will not lose the fat cells themselves. Losing weight is not easy, but it does come down to a simple formula of consuming fewer calories than you burn on a daily basis. Counting calories, eating protein rich foods or juice cleansings all work in the short term, but remember that a healthy lifestyle is a marathon and not a sprint (pun intended).

Both surgical and non-surgical treatments have been developed to help trim excess fat cells from your body. Two non-surgical treatments that I am familiar with are Kybella injections and CoolSculpting. Kybella is the new, FDA approved injectable that has been proven to “melt” the fat away from your neck and double chin. This liquid necklift works, because it is a chemical similar to the ones in your intestines that break up and help absorb the fats in your foods. By injecting it into your neck, your body will slowly absorb the excess fat over a two to three month period. For larger areas of the body, selectively freezing the fat cells with CoolSculpting can remove 25% to 35% of the bulk in your love handles, waist, thighs or virtually anywhere else. The process takes about an hour and there is minimal to no downtime.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure where large portions of your fat cells are removed from your body with a cannula and suction machine. There are many new terms added to standard liposuction like SmartLipo, VASER, BodyJet, and LASER lipo that include new gadgets and usually increased costs. In some instances these new techniques are better, and in most instances they are not. Results from liposuction are considerably more dramatic than non-surgical treatments; however, the swelling, bruising and pain are more and they last longer. Please see your board-certified plastic surgeon for further advice.

If you are worried about fat, you are not alone. In truth, genes may play a role as to how you look in those jeans, but your choices are most important. Set nutrition and exercise as a healthy goal first, and visit your plastic surgeon second.

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Cumming, GA 30041
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Facial Chemical Peels

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Cumming GA Plastic Surgeon

2016 is here, and it is the perfect year for you to feel and look your best. The most popular New Year’s resolutions revolve around becoming a healthier version of yourself, and there is no better kick-start than a simple procedure that will motivate you to keep on track. Facial chemical peels are simple, non-surgical procedures done to reveal more beautiful and younger skin. Dr. Hunter Moyer is an experienced plastic surgeon that offers chemical peels to significantly improve your facial appearance.

Chemical peels are most commonly done on the face, neck, and hands. Facial chemical peels focus on the face and neck in order to enhance your appearance and bring a youthful glow to your face. Facial chemical peels are done to:

  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage
  • Reduce skin discoloration, age spots, and dark patches caused by pregnancy or taking birth control pills
  • Improve the appearance of mild scars
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Improve the overall appearance and feel of the skin

Facial chemical peels are non-surgical procedures done in an approximate 30-minute appointment. After the face has been thoroughly washed and dried, a chemical solution will be applied to the face that will cause “controlled wounds.” These wounds are burning off old skin cells to reveal fresh and vibrant skin. There is some burning and stinging involved, but cold compresses will be applied to your face to reduce any discomfort. Following the procedure, your skin will begin to slough off (peel) dead or damaged cells, revealing a more youthful and energetic look to your face. It is very important to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day to prevent damage to your new skin.

Contact Hunter Moyer, MD today to schedule an appointment for a facial chemical peel. Let 2016 be the year that you take time for yourself and reveal the beautiful skin that is just below the surface.

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Put Your Best Face Forward This Holiday Season

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Cumming GA Botox Injections DoctorsThe holiday season is already upon us, and as you continue to prepare for another gathering and even more pictures, you may begin to feel a bit self-conscious about the appearance of your face. Wrinkles and lines form rapidly as we age, and if you are seeing family and friends that you have not seen since the last holiday season, they may notice a great deal of change in your face. Before you travel or invite loved ones into your home, call the office of Hunter Moyer, MD and ask how we can help you put your best face forward this holiday season.

One of the best methods for achieving a radiant appearance quickly and without going under the knife is through Botox Cosmetic injections. These injections are the perfect facial rejuvenation treatment for patients who would like to achieve plastic surgery results without the pain, healing, and downtime of a cosmetic surgical procedure. Dr. Hunter Moyer of Atlanta Plastic Surgery, PC is a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in Botox Cosmetic injections, facial fillers, and other non-surgical treatments.

Botox Cosmetic injections are neuro-modulators that alter the way in which the brain reacts to movements in the face. Most commonly Botox Cosmetic injections are used along the forehead and between the eyebrows to correct wrinkles and the “frown lines” that acquire over time. When the muscles of the face are repeatedly used, they set in wrinkles that are deeply set and very hard to mask. Because the upper face is used a great deal in expression, lines and wrinkles can become very obvious and cause many people to feel self-conscious. Botox Cosmetic is composed of a highly purified form of botulinum toxin that relaxes wrinkle-causing facial movements between the eyes and along the forehead. By smoothing these muscles, each treatment reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, with the effects lasting for an average of four to six months.

If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your face and are looking for an easy option for putting your best face forward this holiday season, contact the practice of Hunter Moyer, MD, and schedule an appointment. You can feel at ease and look your best in front of the camera this year. Make the call now.

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Ear Revision Surgery

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Plastic Surgeon for Ear Surgery Cumming GAMany people try to hide them. Some change (or refuse to change) their hairstyle in order to work around them. Some even tape them down at night. Do you know what we are talking about? If you said “Ears,” then you are correct.

The ears are a relatively subtle facial feature; however, if they are damaged or misaligned or involved in a traumatic injury, they work against a person’s appearance. The ears are an important feature for creating symmetry and balance to the overall facial aesthetics. Many people feel self-conscious about the size, shape, or projection of their ears and wish to have a cosmetic procedure done to recreate their appearance. Others have found that blunt trauma has greatly affected the appearance of their ears, and because their injuries are so severe, plastic surgery is required.

Dr. Hunter Moyer is a board certified plastic surgeon with world-class training and experience in ear revision surgery. The ears are made up of cartilage, which is a stiff, yet pliable, substance in the human body. Because cartilage is “forgiving” when it comes to being manipulated, ear revision surgery is a very successful procedure for those with injured or deformed ears. Ear revision surgery can be both cosmetic and reconstructive to correct any deformities in the ear. Because severe trauma to the ear can actually cause hearing loss or infection, ear revision surgery is often a needed surgery to correct damage.

Dr. Hunter Moyer makes it a priority to specifically listen to his patients’ concerns and to educate them, in detail, regarding the recommended surgical procedures. Children, adolescents, and adults can all benefit from ear revision surgery, and Dr. Hunter Moyer is proud to offer his specialized cosmetic surgical care to patients of all ages. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn how ear revision surgery can benefit you.

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1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, #390
Cumming, GA 30041
(404) 250-3393