Latest Trends in Breast Surgery

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Women today are opting for more subtle, natural looking options in all forms of cosmetic surgery, particularly when it comes to breast augmentation.  In the past, large, round breast implants were common, but today, modestly-sized, shaped implants, which have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top, have become increasing popular.  While round implants have a tendency to make the breast appear fuller and can achieve more projection and cleavage, in some cases they can appear less natural and more artificial, particularly when sized too large to comfortably fit the patient’s frame.  Shaped breast implants mimic the natural form and contour of the female breast, achieving results that are often indistinguishable from the real thing.  Round implants are also easier to insert, since they are the same shape all over and so resist rotating out of place.  Shaped implants, on the other hand, may shift within the “pocket” created for them during surgical implantation, making the breast appear distorted and unusual.  To alleviate this concern, the most advanced shaped implants have a textured surface, allowing healing tissue to adhere to the implant and making accidental repositioning far less likely.

One of the most recent advances in breast augmentation is the introduction of what are known as “gummy bear implants.”  These shaped and textured implants are filled with a more cohesive form of silicone with a thicker consistency than traditional silicone or saline.  This makes them “form-stable”, which not only creates a firmer final result, but is also ideal in that the cohesive gel maintains its shape even in the case of accidental rupture.

Some women, specifically those who are generally happy with the size of their breasts but uncomfortable with the sagging that occurs with age, have shown a preference for breast lift, or mastopexy, procedures over augmentation with implants.  In fact, according to statistics published by the American Society of Plastic surgeons, the number of breast lift procedures performed in the United States has increased by 70% since 2000, almost double the rate of increase in breast augmentations.  A breast lift can reposition the breasts to a higher, more youthful position while making them appear more firm and lifted.  Often, some of my patients opt to combine breast lift and breast augmentation to not only gain higher placement of the breasts on the chest, but also to make them fuller with implants.

If you’re interested in a breast procedure that I offer, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Connect with me, Dr. Hunter Moyer, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Facelift Remains the Gold Standard in Facial Rejuvenation

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There are many options available today for facial rejuvenation, ranging from minimally-invasive skin resurfacing techniques and injectable cosmetics to surgical procedures like blepharoplasty and facial liposuction.  The most dramatic and long lasting results can still be achieved by a traditional facelift procedure, or rhytidectomy.  Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons list facelifts as one of the five most commonly performed procedures in 2013, and their popularity continues to increase each year.  While many procedures may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery, a traditional facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results.

A facelift procedure cannot radically change a person’s appearance or stop the aging process, but it can dramatically improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck.  Facelifts are designed to alleviate sagging in the mid-face and the deep creases below the lower eyelids or along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth.  They also can correct the loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls and remove the excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw that can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin.  Many also choose to complement a facelift procedure with a neck lift or eyelid surgery in order to maximize their final results.

A full facelift procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin, the tightening of underlying muscles, and the repositioning of the skin around the face and neck.  Traditionally, facelift incisions began in the hairline at the temples, continued around the ear, and ended in the lower scalp.  However, modern techniques allow for shorter incisions hidden in the natural creases of the face.  I also perform a special facelift technique, originally developed at Emory, which tightens and supports the strong suspensory ligaments deeper in the face, effectively prolonging the plastic surgery results.

If you’re interested in cosmetic or reconstructive procedures that I perform, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.  Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Hunter Moyer, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Natural Options for Body Contouring

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Men and women today are more health conscious than ever before.  Increased access to information and improved education have made people more aware of what they put into their bodies and, with increasing frequency, many are opting for natural, unprocessed ingredients and products.  For example, there are many people who may desire to improve their overall shape with different body contouring procedures, but may be wary of the idea of having a foreign object placed in their bodies.  Fortunately, several body contouring options exist that utilize more natural methods, such as your own body fat, to achieve completely natural and highly satisfying results.

Fat transfer has long been performed as a facial rejuvenation procedure to fill facial wrinkles and augment the cheeks, lips and other areas requiring volume restoration.  The Brazilian butt lift uses a similar technique to take fat that has been removed from your own body through liposuction while carefully purifying it, and then using it to increase the size, fullness, roundness and projection of the buttocks.  Moreover, the removal of excess fat in the areas around the site of the buttocks allows me to achieve a more defined contour, accentuating the curves that result.

I also perform breast lift (mastopexy) procedures using an auto-augmentation technique where the lower breast tissue is moved from underneath your breast and sutured higher up on your chest.  This not only lifts and firms the breasts, restoring them to a more youthful position, but also adds volume and fullness without the use of artificial implants.  The ideal candidate for breast auto augmentation already has enough breast volume to create the fullness desired without implants, so the results are determined by the amount of tissue available.  As a result, the final effect cannot be as pronounced or significant as the results that can be achieved with implants; however, breast auto augmentation can work well to rejuvenate deflated breasts certain women experience after significant weight loss.  Using only natural tissue taken from your own body also avoids the possibility of capsular contracture, a rare complication that can arise after breast augmentation surgery where the body forms excess scar tissue around the artificial implant, creating an overly firm and rigid breast texture.

If you’re interested in body contouring, cosmetic, or reconstructive procedures that I offer, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Connect with me, Dr. Hunter Moyer, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Facial Rejuvenation on Your Schedule

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Many people would like to look younger but few people can find the time, given our busy, fast-paced, and highly active lifestyles, to take days off to recover from an extensive surgical procedure.  Fortunately, I offer a wide array of non-surgical facial rejuvenation options that require minimal downtime and can provide subtle and elegant changes perfect for those not quite ready for the more comprehensive changes that full surgery may entail.  In fact, given so many different options, it may be difficult to determine which is best suited to your needs.  So here is a comparison of the most popular facial rejuvenation treatments to help you determine exactly which one is right for you.

Cosmetic Injectables 
Brand Name: Botox® Cosmetic
What does it do? Relaxes the wrinkle causing facial muscles between and around the eyes and along the forehead, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and the fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead created by expression.
How long does it take? The actual time of the procedure can vary depending on the amount of area being treated, but is generally an average of 15 minutes.  You can usually begin to see results a couple days after treatment.
What’s the downtime? You can expect to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure; however, avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area or lying down for several hours, as this can cause the medication to migrate.
How long do the effects last? Depending on the area being treated, effects can last an average of four to six months.
Facial Fillers
Brand Names: Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Voluma™
What do they do? Restore lost volume and plumpness to areas of the face such as the cheeks, around the mouth, and the lips with hyaluronic acid and stimulating collagen production.
How long does it take? Effects are apparent in 15 to 30 minutes depending upon the area treated.
What’s the downtime? You can expect to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.
How long do the effects last? Six to 24 months, depending on the specific brand used and areas treated.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Brand Name: Sciton®
What does it do? Removes the old and damaged upper layers of skin to reveal newer, younger looking skin beneath – in the process, this removes unwanted wrinkles, sunspots, hair, and moles while improving the appearance of scars and stimulating collagen production.  The procedure is safe and effective on patients of all ages and skin types.
How long does it take? A typical session is 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the areas being treated.  However, full results may require multiple sessions for some conditions.
What’s the downtime? Minor swelling can be expected as well as a mild itching or burning sensation over the next few days.  Skin may become dry and begin to peel during the healing process which can last for several days.
How long do the effects last? After the procedure, the amount of time it takes for the new skin to show signs of damage or age depends on the patient’s long term care and maintenance.

 

There are a number of effective treatments that can be incorporated into your daily routine to additionally help take care of your skin.  In my recent two-part skin care series, I detail “the good, the not so good and the bad” side of skin care products that I recommend to my patients who wish to further maintain their facial rejuvenation results.

If you are interested in the facial rejuvenation procedures I perform, contact us today.  Also, connect with me, Dr. Hunter Moyer on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and latest news.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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When your conversations are Skype video conferences and your pictures are all in ultra-high definition even minor facial imperfections can seem obvious to the entire world.  Damage from wind and sun and the relentless effects of time and gravity can leave skin looking marred and blemished far beyond its years.  Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hunter Moyer keeps abreast of the most advanced technology to help minimize facial imperfections and leave skin looking fresh and revitalized with laser skin resurfacing.

Laser skin resurfacing uses high intensity light to vaporize the damaged skin in the outer layers of skin.  This creates a uniform “injury” to your skin, similar to deeper chemical peel or dermabrasion but with extremely precise control of the depth and location of the damage.  The removal of the damaged skin effectively reduces the appearance of acne, scars, and sun or liver spots, while stimulating the production of collagen.  As the skin heals, the newer skin that forms is younger-looking and more elastic, alleviating the appearance of wrinkles and the fine “smile lines” while giving the skin a fresh, healthy glow.

Sciton® laser skin resurfacing is the most advanced FDA-approved system that Dr. Moyer uses to remove damaged skin.  As Sciton® laser strength is fully customizable, it can be safely used on patients of all ages with a variety of skin tones and pigments.  An added benefit of Sciton® technology is that its intense beam of focused energy treats the most minute imperfections without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Laser resurfacing is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, with varied treatment times that depend on the specific area/s being treated.  Minor swelling can be expected as well as a mild itching or burning sensation over the next few days.  Additionally, skin may become dry and begin to peel during the healing process which (depending on the skin condition that was treated) can last for several days.  After treatment, it is particularly important that you use a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 45 or higher that screens ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays like those recommended in Dr. Moyer’s previous blogs on skin care.  By limiting your time outside you’ll not only protect your skin from harmful rays that can lead to skin cancer, but decrease the risk of adverse effects caused by light sensitivity.

If you are interested in skin care technology or the facial rejuvenation procedures Dr. Moyer performs, contact us today.  Also, connect with Dr. Moyer on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and the latest news articles.

Share Your Thoughts on Breast Augmentation with Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s Survey (Part Two)

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As a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast procedures, Dr. Hunter Moyer is constantly conducting research into the latest techniques and innovations in an effort to improve patient care and satisfaction.  Last October, we conducted a survey among our female patients to better understand their preferences on various aspects of breast augmentation surgery.

The response was overwhelming, and the information we gathered was invaluable.  But now, in an effort to get a truly complete picture, Dr. Moyer would like to hear the male perspective on breast augmentation.  To better understand the preferences of men specifically, he invites all males to participate in our newest survey on cosmetic breast surgery.  The survey focuses on men and their honest assessment of what they consider true aesthetic preferences.  The survey is brief and will help us finesse our techniques to produce the most natural and aesthetically pleasing results.

Please take our breast survey and share your thoughts on this popular cosmetic procedure. We greatly appreciate your time and input!

Facial Restoration Options Growing Popular With Younger Patients

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Plastic surgery is a constantly growing and changing field.  Every day we are making new discoveries and innovations.  One of the most exciting developments in recent years has been the realization that plastic surgery can do more than just enhance the body and address the physical changes that time can cause to your body.  Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hunter Moyer has observed that younger patients are taking advantage of newer, less-invasive procedures to make subtle, pre-emptive changes by starting these facial rejuvenation treatments earlier than ever before.

Cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate and smooth facial skin have become increasingly popular among patients aged 18 to 30.  In fact, members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) performed 90,000 wrinkle-relaxer procedures and nearly 30,000 soft-tissue filler treatments for those 30 and younger last year, according to the 2013 ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures. Those totals are 50% (wrinkle-relaxers) and 63% (fillers) higher than the previous year for the same age group.

Cosmetic injectables like Botox® smooth and relax the fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet caused by facial expressions and the natural effects of aging.  The effects can generally last four to six months and, with repeated use, Botox® can train the muscles to relax, making the lines and wrinkles appear less severe for longer periods.  However Botox® will not replace tissue that has been lost, so damage caused by the sun and gravity will not respond to treatment.

Facial fillers like Juvéderm®, Sculptra®, and Restylane® facilitate the softening of deeper facial creases and add volume to the lips and face, restoring the plump, firm, fullness of youth.  Cosmetic injectables give patients extra lift that previously could only be achieved with more comprehensive surgical procedures such as facelift.  Providing patients with results ranging from six months up to two years, facial fillers can even prolong facial plastic surgery results to help maintain a youthful appearance.  Dr. Moyer safely and effectively administers Botox® and facial fillers to adult patients in-office with minimal discomfort and without the need for extensive downtime.

If you are interested in facial rejuvenation procedures Dr. Moyer performs or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today.  Also, connect with Dr. Moyer on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and the latest news articles.

The Latest Options in Body Contouring

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Many patients exercise regularly but still can’t seem to get rid of excess fat, whether from weight gain or pregnancy.  With the advances in medical science and technology, body contouring procedures can sculpt and refine the body to help maintain a youthful and vital appearance.  Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Hunter Moyer performs body contouring procedures that have become increasingly popular among patients.  According to the latest American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2013 statistics, liposuction ranked one of the top five most performed cosmetic surgical procedures, and the number of tummy tucks and buttocks lifts have both increased by roughly 80% since 2000.

Patients who experience localized amounts of fat that may be resistant to diet and exercise are ideal candidates for liposuction.  Dr. Moyer uses three fat removal methods to suit each patient’s specific needs.  Thru very small incisions (less than ¼”), Dr. Moyer uses a small hollow tube (or cannula) to suction out fat cells.  In tumescent liposuction a special anesthetic fluid is injected, which numbs the area and causes the fat cells to swell, making the fat easier to remove.  Ultrasound assisted liposuction uses high frequency sound to liquefy the fat, leaving the skin and other tissue unharmed.  Not only does this allow the fat to be suctioned more easily, but the stimulating vibration can tighten and revitalize the overlying skin as well.  Finally, Body Jet (or water-assisted) liposuction uses sterile water to loosen undesired fat for removal.  However it uses a closed system design, withdrawing the fat so it can be later used for other fat transfer or augmentation procedures like the Brazilian Butt Lift.

Over the years, weight gain or pregnancy can cause the muscles in the abdomen to stretch and separate.  As a result, even losing weight can’t tighten the midsection as much as some patients would like.  A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is designed not only to remove unwanted fat and eliminate excess skin from the mid-section but also to retighten muscles along the abdominal wall that may have separated, restoring the smooth, lean contours of a more youthful physique.  Dr. Moyer makes an incision in the lower abdominal area, easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits, and tightens the skin downward to make sure the naval maintains a natural appearance.

Utilizing excess fat removed through liposuction, Dr. Moyer can perform buttock augmentation (or Brazilian Butt Lift) through fat transfer.  The fat that has been removed is carefully purified and then re-injected into the buttocks to re-contour the area.  Using the patient’s own fat instead of an implant creates a more natural contour.  During consultation, Dr. Moyer works with patients to determine the precise target areas for both removal and re-injection to make sure that the patient can get the expected results they desire.

If you are interested in body contouring procedures Dr. Moyer performs or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today.  Also, connect with Dr. Moyer on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and the latest news articles.

Dr. Hunter Moyer Launches New, Redesigned Website

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Dr. Hunter Moyer has launched his newly redesigned website, specifically focused on keeping you abreast of the latest developments in plastic surgery, updating you about special events and important information, and giving you the insights gleaned from Dr. Moyer’s own blog, with expert commentary on topics ranging from skin care to minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, with years of refined training in reconstructive and cosmetic breast, body and facial procedures, Dr. Moyer understands that the decisions we make about our bodies affect every aspect of our lives. Therefore, he makes patient communication and education one of his top priorities. The new website is specifically designed to reach out to his patients and keep them informed.

For more information on a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure Dr. Moyer performs or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Also, connect with Dr. Moyer on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and the latest news articles.

Join Us for an Evening of Aesthetics

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Whether you call them laugh lines or crow’s feet, those wrinkles that insidiously creep in on the outer edges of eyes can have a profound effect on an otherwise youthful appearance. For years, Botox® Cosmetic has remained a pioneer among facial rejuvenation treatments and a staple for relaxing wrinkles between the eyes and on the forehead. Botox® has been FDA-approved for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles for over a decade and in 2013 received an additional FDA approval for the treatment of the moderate to severe lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet.

To commemorate this recent development, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Hunter Moyer is hosting Evening Aesthetics, a Botox® event at his office in Cumming, on April 22nd, 2014, 5pm to 8pm. The event will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed atmosphere. Dr. Moyer will also answer questions about the latest in plastic surgery and unveil a new skin resurfacing system developed at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. Dr. Moyer will be personally administering Botox® injections for $8 per unit, and all in attendance will have a chance to win Latisse® eyelash enhancement. While the event is free and all are encouraged to attend, space will be limited so please RSVP to 404-256-1311 or afrey@atlplastic.com. For more details on the event, see the invitation below.

We look forward to seeing you at the event! If you have any questions about the event or a procedure Dr. Moyer performs, contact us today. To stay up to date on the latest news and special events, follow Dr Moyer on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.