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Go Certified or Bust: 3 Reasons to Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Go Certified or Bust: 3 Reasons to Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

plastic surgerySimilar to the way that you wouldn’t take your car into the McDonald’s drive-thru for an oil change, you shouldn’t get plastic surgery by anyone other than an expert. With websites that tout expertise without substantiation and offer coupons and deals for things like Botox or mini-facelifts, many people are having procedures by individuals that aren’t experts. When it comes to your body and face, it’s important that you only have procedures by the best in the business. Dr. Robert Buchanan at The Center For Plastic Surgery can substantiate his expertise. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, was professor of plastic surgery teaching plastic surgery residents, is nationally recognized as an expert and is trusted. Read on to learn more about the importance of choosing a real plastic surgeon and a true expert.

They Understand Not All Skin Is Created Equal

To be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons undergo the longest training of any medical or surgical specialty (only Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgery is equivalent). It takes this time to learn the wide variety of procedures, surgical principals to allow safe performance of them, the principals of healing and how to handle the skin and deal with  all types of situations including complications. For instance, not everyone is going to react to Botox in the exact same way. Although rare, some people may suffer from an adverse reaction. Board certification in plastic surgery assures that the physician has the knowledge and experience needed to treat patients with different skin types and concerns with the best expectation that the result will be what is wanted with minimal risk of problems or complications but the ability to care for them if they occur.

They Know What Treatments Will Give You the Results You Want

Board certified plastic surgeons are trained in surgical correction of the face and body as well as the non surgical methods of improving these areas. If you go to see someone who doesn’t have the training in both, you may not have the option for what will provide the best result. Although non surgical treatments have become very popular, some things are still best treated with surgery, though that may be much less invasive than previously and, frequently, can be done in the office.  At your consultation appointment with Dr. Buchanan you can discuss your desires and what you would like to correct. He will then determine what  treatment option best solves your problem within the parameters you have set.

They Are Current On Training and New Options

With new fillers and procedures hitting the plastic surgery market throughout the year, it’s important that the surgeon you choose is familiar with all of them– that way, you get the best treatment available in the safest possible manner. Unlike a great number of physicians offering aesthetic procedures, board certified plastic surgeons are required to obtain a certain amount of very specific enhanced training about the procedures they do each and every year.

Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon may sound quite easy, but is actually much harder than it sounds. This is because many physicians fave created organizations they call a “board” and they advertise themselves as “board certified.” Only the American Board of Plastic Surgery operates under the umbrella of the American Board of Medical Specialties that oversees all legitimate resident training and subsequent testing for competency. All members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the two major plastic surgery organizations in this country require their members to maintain certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Buchanan at The Center For Plastic Surgery is certified by theAmerican Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of both these organizations. To learn more about him and our staff or to schedule a consultation, contact The Center For Plastic Surgery today!

 

 

Fear Not. Begin Easy When Considering Plastic Surgery

plastic surgeryAre you wondering if plastic surgery would improve your self-confidence, but are timid about actually going through with it? If so, we can offer a few tips that may help as you decide. Plastic surgery doesn’t have to be scary – especially with Dr. Buchanan as your surgeon. In fact, plastic surgery can give you a healthier, younger look. Read on to learn more:

  • Formulate your questions, do some research. Know your goals and your expectations. Dr. Buchanan can help guide you through the process so that you feel comfortable throughout the process. He can explain the details of whatever you are considering.
  • Easy does it. Fine lines and wrinkles can be addressed with a facelift, that’s true. But you may want to begin with skin care or injectables such as Botox or Juvederm. Botox and the fillers can target all areas of the face – without the necessity of actual surgery.
  • Know when to stop, because “less is usually more.” Before you meet with Dr. Buchanan for the first time, make a list of your “problem areas.” Discuss these with him. You may be able to limit potential procedures or combine them.

Dr. Buchanan is trained to understand how you feel about yourself. He recommends that you make your own decision about any procedure you are considering, whether surgical or non-surgical, and avoid being influenced by your significant other or your family or friends.

Let us put your fears to rest. We invite you to call to schedule a consultation appointment today because now is the perfect time to experience a “new” you: (828) 526-3784.

Seniors – Are You Considering Cosmetic Surgery?

senior plastic surgeryCosmetic surgery is popular no matter the age of the patient, and, today, more seniors than ever are considering cosmetic surgery as a way to enhance they way they look – to ensure that it matches the way they feel. Cosmetic surgery for the older population is definitely trending.

One reason for this trend is that many people are choosing to postpone retirement and stay in the workforce. With that decision comes the increased pressure to look young – and stay competitive. Many older women and men are motivated to opt for cosmetic procedures to boost their self-confidence and image. Additionally, many older patients are seeking cosmetic procedures because of longer life expectancies and healthier lifestyles. Cosmetic surgery has become a common practice for all ages and all walks of life.

There are always risks with surgery, and elective surgery on older patients may bring with it additional concerns. Older patients may have medical problems such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease that should be taken into consideration. Older patients are also more likely to be on medications that could impact the outcome of their procedure.

Cosmetic surgery is a matter of choice – and you are in the driver’s seat. Be sure your doctor is aware of any health and medical factors that could increase your risk for complications or affect the results of the procedure you choose. Forehead lifts and breast lifts are popular, along with face lifts, liposuction of the neck and eyelid surgery. These procedures may also be combined. At the Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Buchanan offers many cosmetic surgery options for seniors. He carefully screens each patient to ensure optimum results.

It isn’t too late to consider cosmetic surgery. Call to schedule a consultation appointment, today. It’s time to bring on your best, most confident self: (828) 526-3783.

Enhance Your Body…And Say Hello To Spring

plastic surgeryPurple violets and sunny yellow daffodils are poking their heads above ground as the harbingers of spring weather, and that means the sunny days of summer are not far behind. Vacations to the beach or days at the pool call to you to look your best. Spring is the perfect time to consider the enhancements of cosmetic surgery. Here are a few of the procedures we offer at The Center for Plastic Surgery…designed to help you look your best this summer:

  • Try Liposuction. Struggling with stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to traditional exercise and weight loss methods can be frustrating, at best. Liposuction provides a minimally-invasive solution. Liposuction works to suction out areas of unwanted fat from areas of the body such as the abdomen, thighs and hips, helping our patients achieve a slimmer silhouette just in time for summer.
  • Lift Your Breasts. Aging, weight loss, gravity and pregnancy can cause breasts to sag and droop. A breast lift is designed to combat this drooping and restore a more youthful breast contour for our patients.
  • Enlarge Your Breasts. Our patients who are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts find that a breast augmentation is a great option. This customized procedure – utilizing saline or silicone implants – can increase the size of small or uneven breasts.
  • Reduce Your Breasts. Overly large breasts are not only a cosmetic concern but a medical concern, as well. Chronic back pain and poor posture prompt many of our patients to request breast reduction surgery. This surgery reduces glandular tissue and fat from the breasts while tightening the breast skin, helping our patients achieve a more comfortable and physically appealing contour.
  • Reduce Your Tummy. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, helping our patients achieve a smooth, flat and toned stomach. It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. However, it can address a tummy that is drooping as a result of pregnancy, the aging process, prior surgery or a major fluctuation in weight.

Want to learn more about these or the additional body enhancing procedures we offer? Call to book a consultation appointment, today: (828) 526-3783 or toll-free (877) 526-3784.

Your Plastic Surgery “Caretaker”

breast reconstructionThe decision to undergo a plastic or cosmetic surgical procedure is a big one that you likely made with the help and support of a loved one. So, as you ready yourself for surgery, here are a few things to pass along to your point-person and caretaker, the one who will be helping you along this life-changing journey.

The First Night – Your surgical staff will ask you if there is someone at home to stay with you, especially your first night home. If you don’t have a live-in partner, it is essential that you arrange for someone to stay with you. Getting up in the night, feeling dizzy or ill can be especially frightening if you are alone.

The Care and Feeding of You – You may be given restrictions on what you can and cannot eat, depending on your surgical procedure. Staying hydrated and eating healthy will go a long way towards your recovery. You may want to prepare meals in advance and shop for the foods you like, but better yet, let your caretaker prepare your meals. Don’t forget to take inventory of your medications and read the advisory language on the labels. This is important and should be followed, as an upset stomach, unnecessary nausea or vomiting may result from taking your meds on an empty stomach.

  • The Kids – If you have small children, arrange for help with child care – whether that is your primary caretaker or a friend. And remember, no heavy lifting!
  • Housekeeping 101 – Let your caretaker vacuum. And do the dishes and laundry. Just for a short time while you get back to your old and “new” self!

Call us, today, to learn more about the plastic and cosmetic surgical procedures we offer, and let Dr. Buchanan help you be your best self, every day: (828) 526-3783.

Four Considerations When Choosing A Cosmetic Surgeon

Cosmetic Surgeon

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a decision you shouldn’t make lightly; it’s a choice you will live with for the rest of your life. A successful outcome can enhance your self-esteem. Poor results may mean additional surgery and heartache.

Accordingly, your choice of cosmetic surgeon is vitally important.

Here are FOUR things to consider as you make your cosmetic surgery decision:

 

  1. Board Certification – Did you know that the government does not require a surgeon to be specifically trained in the procedures they offer? In the area of cosmetic surgery, many doctors with general surgery or other medical training decide to offer cosmetic surgery in pursuit of greater profits. Dr. Buchanan is certified with the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery – the most dependable way of assessing whether a cosmetic surgeon is properly trained.
  2. Experience In the Procedure You Want – Each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills. Operating on a nose is quite different from operating on a breast. Ask your potential cosmetic surgeon how he or she trained in the procedure you want and how many times they have performed it.
  3. Aesthetics – It goes without saying that what one person finds beautiful may be unattractive to another. This is why it is important to find a cosmetic surgeon that shares your aesthetic sensibility. Compare results for the procedure you want to have – usually provided by the surgeon as before-and-after photos – and think about whether the results appeal to you. Look at yourself in the mirror or take a selfie for reference. For facial procedures, look for photos of patients that have a similar facial structure, are around your age, and have some of the same concerns. Ask yourself if their results look like you want to look after your surgery.
  4. Emotional Connection – You should feel comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and their support team. Ask yourself if you like spending time with him or her and if you feel like you can trust them to recommend what is safe and right for you.

Dr. Buchanan is dedicated to serving your cosmetic surgery needs. He and his specialized team are trained to assist you and answer any questions you may have.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, call to schedule a complementary consultation: (828) 526-3783.

3 Most Important Steps to Take Before Deciding on Plastic Surgery

There are hundreds of guides out there on how to prepare for plastic surgery — from quitting smoking to making sure that you have your prescriptions filled. While all those guides can prove to be very helpful on your end, we would like to emphasize here at our North Carolina plastic surgery practice the 3 most important steps that you should not fail to take before making that final decision.

1. Do an exhaustive research.

Do not just limit yourself to looking for information online. If you have the chance, talk to friends and relatives who have tried the same procedure as you. Are you thinking of having a tummy tuck? Or a liposuction? Ask questions and figure out what it was like before, during, and after the procedure.

On the other hand, a thorough screening of the plastic surgeons of your choice should also be done. Ask for their credentials, specific trainings on the procedure of your interest, and whether or not they’re available for follow-up visits following surgery. In addition, try asking for before and after photos. Lastly, you might want to figure out if there have been major complaints from previous patients.

2. Consider getting a second opinion.

Like all types of medical intervention, consider getting a second opinion before making the final decision. Keep in mind that not all plastic surgeons have your best interest and safety in mind. If possible, choose plastic surgeons who have been personally recommended by friends or family.

3. Do not settle for less.

If the cost or offer sounds too good to be true, consider asking yourself why such a procedure would be so cheap. As what the old adage says, you actually get what you pay for. Find a plastic surgeon like Dr. Buchanan who does not only have a long history of satisfied patients but who is also a leader in the cosmetic surgery industry.

Let us help you make that decision to have plastic surgery! We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!

Everything You Need to Know About Compression Garments and Its Accessories

Here at our North Carolina plastic surgery practice, we make it a point to make your recovery period as smooth and safe as much as possible. Although healing from surgery varies from one individual to another, there are certain aids that will prove to be very helpful in your recovery, one of which include compression garments.

Compression Garment Purposes

Compression garments help reduce swelling and bruising on the operated area. Furthermore, it helps avoid blood clot formation and make sure that the body part operated on is “molded” the right way.

Every so often, compressions garments should be worn out for 24 hours during the first week post-surgery. In breast and abdominal surgeries such as a tummy tuck and liposuction, you may be required to wear it a bit longer. Lastly, compression garments also have aesthetic purposes as it could make you appear slimmer.

Compression Garment Accessories Specific to Each Surgery

  • Breast surgeries – compression bras with breathable fabric, seamless, no underwires, soft cups, and with cushioned or padded shoulder straps

  • Arm, abdominal, and leg surgeries –  varying sizes of compression garments may be needed depending on the your body’s gradual reduction in size; garments should be made of breathable fabric, no-show seams, and no hooks for long-term recovery

  • Facelift – facial bands, cushioned hats with wrap-around ties

  • Eyelid Lift –– large-framed eyeglasses with wrap-around protective coverings to shield sutures from sunlight

Quick and Safe Recovery After Your North Carolina Plastic Surgery

Let us help you figure out ways for a quick and safe recovery after your North Carolina plastic surgery. We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!

Want a Tummy Tuck or Facelift? Quit Smoking First!

The reminder to quit smoking has always been present yet most people still find themselves not heeding such advice. Yet, here at our North Carolina plastic surgery practice, the better and quicker results following plastic surgery has been motivating for most patients.

Why Quit the Stick?

Aside from the well-publicized ill effects of smoking such as stroke, heart disease, and various types of cancer, tobacco smoke has been shown to delay healing and significantly increase your risk of developing complications following surgery.

Specifically, smoking has the following effects after plastic surgery:

  • Cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels which in turn reduces the amount of oxygen to your vital organs. If you continue to smoke post-surgery, there’s a huge chance that the area you’re operated on will receive lesser blood supply resulting to delayed healing.

  • With delayed healing, you also put yourself at risk of wound separation, infection, and significant scarring. This also translates to increased hospital stays and increased chances of admission to intensive care units.

  • Furthermore, smoking increases your risks of developing complications post-surgery. This study, focusing on the effects of smoking to elective or non-emergency surgeries, found a strong link between smoking and the likelihood of developing blood clots, kidney failure, and pneumonia post-surgery.

Quit Smoking Before Your North Carolina Plastic Surgery

Let us help you quit smoking before your North Carolina plastic surgery! We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!

Learning from Sleeping Beauty

It looks like there’s more to life lessons and happily-ever-afters that fairy tales are trying to teach us when it comes to aging gracefully. Take, Sleeping Beauty, for example. This recent study by physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center was able to conclusively demonstrate that lack of sleep could accelerate aging and decrease the skin’s ability to recover from sun exposure.

They Don’t Call it Beauty Rest for Nothing

While it has been known for a while that chronic lack of sleep could negatively affect your looks, the aforementioned study was the first research to actually support such theory with a solid scientific data. Interestingly, they even figured out that it’s not just about the number of hours you devote to your bed, the quality of sleep also plays a significant role.

The Action Plan

To help you snooze your way to younger looking skin, we recommend the following steps:

1. Create a sleep-friendly atmosphere. A dark, quiet, and cool environment works for most people. Figure out what works for you and work towards creating the right setup. ]

2. Sleep and wake up at the same time. By doing so, your body will be able to adapt to your sleeping pattern.

3. Limit exposure to PC,  gadgets and television. This study found out that giving up on your PC and TV habits before bedtime could help you reduce your sleep debt.

Let us help you figure out the best solution for your aging concerns — from crow’s feet to sagging facial skin. We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!