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5 Ways to a Healthy and Quick Recovery After Your North Carolina Plastic Surgery

5 Ways to a Healthy and Quick Recovery After Your North Carolina Plastic Surgery

The recovery process following plastic surgery varies from one individual to another. It is also influenced by the type of surgery done and the number of surgeries done at once.  Dr. Buchanan recommends the following tips to a satisfying and healthy recovery after your North Carolina plastic surgery.

1. Have a plan.  Dr. Buchanan recommends that you plan ahead for your recovery — from ensuring that someone will be there for you to lend assistance post-procedure to stocking on post-surgical medications. Keep in mind that your family, career, and social life will be affected by the surgery.

Arrange for someone to stay with you during the first 24 to 72 hours following surgery. While you may be able to resume to normal activities, having someone around will surely make your healing process faster, easier, and safer.

2. Keep your expectations realistic. If you’re expecting that you’ll look fabulous right after the surgery, think again. Swelling and bruising are the hallmarks of post-plastic surgery and the results you expect will most likely appear at a later time.

3. Keep your head elevated during the first few days if you had surgery above the neck area such as a brow lift, neck lift, and a face lift. This will help reduce swelling and prevent complications during recovery.

4. Avoid taking medications which could increase your risk of post-surgery complications such as infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing. These medications include aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain herbal supplements. It is very important that you read labels.

5. Rehydrate as often as you can and avoid sun exposure at all costs.

The Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, North Carolina

We invite you to explore your cosmetic options with us! We perfectly understand that cosmetic surgery is not just about improving the physical aspect but making you feel better about yourself, too.

Dr. Buchanan has hospital privileges at both Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  The procedures are performed either in his office or at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  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!

Because Men Need Some Nip and Tuck, Too!

Every so often, plastic surgery is associated with women. However, recent statistics from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reveal that the number of cosmetic surgeries performed in 2012 amongst men soared up to 106 percent from 1997. Here at our North Carolina plastic surgery practice, we also tailor to the cosmetic needs and desires of men — from male breast reduction to injectables to skin care.

The following are the top 5 male cosmetic procedures in 2012 which are also offered at our Highlands clinic.

1. Liposuction – In some cases, one can’t seem to lose the extra deposits of fat despite regular physical activity and a healthy eating plan. Liposuction amongst males is often targeted towards the flanks, abs, and chest areas. Dr. Buchanan performs several techniques of liposuction, depending on your body contouring needs and preferences.

2. Rhinoplasty – Whether it’s a subtle change or dramatic improvement that males want for their nose, rhinoplasty for men is one of those procedures which could help accentuate the masculine look. Rhinoplasty with Dr. Buchanan is usually an outpatient procedure performed under light general anesthesia and lasts two to three hours, unless extensive work needs to be done on the airway.

3. Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – Puffy looking eyelids and the excess skin under the eyes will surely make a man look older. Hence, an eyelid surgery should be in order. In this procedure, Dr. Buchanan will remove fine wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes. You can combine this procedure with others such as a facelift, forehead lift and/or BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments to achieve other desired results.

4. Male Breast Reduction – Feel confident even if you go topless! Gynecomastia or abnormal breast enlargement in males is now common amongst adolescents and elderly males. This condition is influenced by a variety of factors such as diet, hormones, weight, and medications. Before scheduling your male breast reduction procedure with Dr. Buchanan, it is quite important that the underlying cause of the abnormal breast enlargement will be addressed.

5. Otoplasty – Sometimes, one is born with varying degrees of ear shape problems — from overprojected ears to poorly defined folds. To correct this procedures, an otoplasty or ear reshaping procedure should be performed.

Male Plastic Surgery in Highlands, North Carolina

We invite you to explore your cosmetic options with us! We perfectly understand that men want to look attractive, youthful, and feel great about themselves, too!

Dr. Buchanan has hospital privileges at both Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  The procedures are performed either in his office or at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  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!

Can Botox Cause Dry Eyes?

When Botox was introduced in the 1980s, it was first used treat optic muscle disorders. In 2002, it was approved by FDA for cosmetic use, that is to improve the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows. A decade later, Botox reigns as king amongst non-surgical cosmetic procedures. This could only mean one thing — it certainly lives up to its promise. While Botox side effects rarely occur, Dr. Buchanan believes that educating clients on what to expect (both positive and negative) is the key to better cosmetic outcomes in his North Carolina plastic surgery practice.

Dr. Buchanan’s Take on Dry Eyes

One of the most common side effects of Botox is dry eyes. To avoid this problem, it is very important that you seek the services of Botox specialists, people who are trained and skilled in injecting Botox for cosmetic reasons.

“Yes, Botox injections around the eyes can cause you to not be able to close your eyes which then causes the dryness. The only two places around the eyes we usually inject Botox is between the eyebrows and laterally,” Dr. Buchanan shares in this ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) Q & A post. “We also try not to totally eliminate all function laterally to prevent this problem. If Botox is put in other places in the Orbicularis muscle (the one that closes the eye), especially medially, this muscle may fail to close the eye.”

“You will just have to wait until the Botox wears off. Meanwhile, use of Restasis and Lubricants like Systane and Refresh Tears and an ointment for night use will usually control the symptoms until this happens,” Dr. Buchanan further recommends.

Finding a Botox Specialist for Cosmetic Use in North Carolina

Millions of men and women receive Botox each year. However, finding a Botox cosmetic specialist (not ophthalmologists who inject Botox for different conditions)is very crucial. It is important to note that the injection site may vary between Botox for cosmetic purposes and Botox for non-cosmetic use. Possible risks from a mistake in the technique or the injection site include bruising, infection, and unintentionally affecting other muscle groups (like what happens in dry eye syndrome).

The Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, North Carolina

We invite you to explore your cosmetic options with us! We perfectly understand that cosmetic surgery is not just about improving the physical aspect but making you feel better about yourself, too.

Dr. Buchanan has hospital privileges at both Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  The procedures are performed either in his office or at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  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!

Because Your Hands Will Give Your Age Away!

Although the face is often the subject of anti-aging procedures, you might be surprised to know that your hands could actually betray you when it comes to revealing your true age. Here at our North Carolina plastic surgery practice, we often advise our clients to also take the time to take care of their hands. After all, no matter what you do to make your overall appearance look younger, your hands will most likely just give your age away.

Hand Care Tips and Tricks

1. Don’t skimp on the lotion, moisturizer or hand cream. While your hands won’t reveal signs of aging until you’re in your 30s or 40s, using hand moisturizers as early as your 20s will work to your advantage later in life.

2. Be generous with your sunscreen, too. If possible, choose moisturizers with sunscreen properties! UV exposure is the #1 culprit of blemishes, sun spots, and premature appearance of wrinkles on your lovely hands.

3. If your skin is extra sensitive, avoid products which are quite harsh. This will only make your hands flaky and dry.

4. If you frequently do household chores such as doing the laundry, wear rubber gloves as much as possible.

5. Consider hand rejuvenation procedures such as chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing.

If you’re noticing obvious signs of aging in your hands, let us help you out! We have a variety of anti-aging options suited to your needs and preferences.  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!

Are You Going Under the Knife for the Wrong Reasons?

By and large, a cosmetic procedure is designed to improve your appearance, whether it’s achieved via surgical or nonsurgical methods. If you are considering going under the knife with Dr. Buchanan, may it be a North Carolina liposuction or lunchtime Botox, it is quite important that you are honest with yourself. Getting a bit of nip and tuck for the wrong reasons may just lead to disappointment and further dip in your self-esteem.

Now, let’s figure out if you’re getting plastic surgery for the wrong reasons.

Are you in crisis?

Circumstances such as divorce, the loss of a job, or the death of a spouse could lead men and women to opt for plastic surgery. “Revenge cosmetic surgery” often refers to bitter lovers who run for the nearest plastic surgery center to change something in their physical appearance so they could get back to their former lover. A CNN report even talked about this disturbing trend.

For patients in crisis and wanting a plastic surgery fix, Dr. Buchanan recommends that these patients try to work through the crisis first.

Do you have unrealistic expectations?

If you insist on copying Kate Middleton’s nose or Angelina Jolie’s lips with hopes that people will treat you like a celebrity afterwards, you might want to reassess your goals. Unrealistic expectations in plastic surgery also refers to individuals who had a severe accident or illness which left them disfigured and would want to restore their appearance to perfection.

Do you want plastic surgery because your lover said so?

If your partner is telling you that you should have Botox or breast augmentation to look younger and sexier, stop right there. The decision to have plastic surgery should be yours alone. While it’s important to ask your partner, friends, and other family members about their opinions, the decision should be made by you after weighing in your feelings towards a certain procedure.

The Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, North Carolina

We invite you to explore your cosmetic options with us! We perfectly understand that cosmetic surgery is not just about improving the physical aspect but making you feel better about yourself, too.

Dr. Buchanan has hospital privileges at both Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  The procedures are performed either in his office or at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  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!