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Why Consider Facial Fat Transfer To Rejuvenate the Face & Add Volume This Year

Why Consider Facial Fat Transfer To Rejuvenate the Face & Add Volume This Year

Part of the aging process, we have learned, is the loss of volume across the mid-face. Volume loss also occurs at the temples and on the lips. This is one of the reasons why the lower face starts to look wider and saggy as we get older. In recent years, research has discovered that the best way to rejuvenate the face may not be to perform facelift surgery (at least not on its own) but to restore volume using some type of biocompatible substance. Off the shelf fillers do this with temporary ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Facial fat transfer is the technique patients choose when they want permanent results or need significant volume added.

What is facial fat transfer?

Facial fat transfer is the minimally-invasive procedure in which cosmetic concerns are corrected using fat from your own body. Skilled surgeons now also use fat transfer techniques to add or restore volume to areas of the body such as the buttocks and the breasts. More commonly, fat cells are used to give the face a better contour, to fill deflated or thin lips, and to smooth deep creases around the nose and mouth and under the eyes

The treatment is performed in the office using local anesthetic and mild sedation, when needed. There are three parts to the technique:

  • Harvesting fat from a part of the body where you have an excess using liposuction. Common areas include the abdomen and the thighs. If desired, donor area can also be contoured.
  • Purifying fat cells. To add volume to the face, we want pure fat cells. To get them, we wash what is obtained via liposuction. The fat cells are then transferred to a syringe.
  • Transferring fat. The face is treated with local anesthesia before we begin injections. Then, a tiny cannula is inserted under the skin and moved back and forth. With each pass, a line of fat cells is deposited. This technique layers fat cells in a way that achieves natural-looking results.

The visit may last approximately two hours, after which you may return home to recuperate. Most people can return to normal activities by the next day.

What can you expect after increasing facial volume with fat?

After fat transfer, you may experience some swelling and bruising. Discomfort is typically minimal, although both the liposuctioned area and the facial areas treated may feel sore and somewhat tender. This is usually mild enough to manage with over-the-counter medication.

What is important to know about facial fat grafting is that 75 to 80% of the new fat cells introduced to the face are expected to survive. What is present at 4 months is permanent. Because of the loss of some of the fat cells we generally overfill the areas about 10%. Because the transferred fat cells contain stem cells, over time the overlying skin and surrounding tissue may actually improve in quality.

Dr. Buchanan performs facial fat transfer in a way that maximizes success. To learn more about this procedure, call our Highlands, NC office at (828) 526-3783.

Reasons to Schedule Plastic Surgery Treatments During the Winter Months

Center For Plastic SurgeryIt’s no secret that many people are interested in some type of plastic surgery procedure. At Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, NC, we make it as easy as possible for our patients. Dr. Buchanan offers proven techniques that do not require general anesthesia but that achieve outstanding results. You might be surprised at the number of surgical procedures (eyelid rejuvenation, brow lift, and more!) that can be performed right here in the office.
Knowing that your facial or body enhancing procedure doesn’t require you to “go under” or spend time in recovery, you may immediately feel more motivated to explore how you can feel your best. We’re about to offer even more reasons to consider scheduling your plastic surgery consultation right now.

  1. It’s the time of year when we hibernate. Wintertime is a great time for plastic surgery and body contouring because we’re able to recovery more discreetly. During the summer when the weather is warmer, we’re outdoors more. We want to be more active and don’t have time for recovery from cosmetic treatment. Now, while life is moving at a slower pace, is a great time to get started on your summertime beauty goals.
  2. Maximize the effects of summertime activity. If your summer months included activities like biking, hiking, swimming, or running, chances are your weight-management routine was on point. Now, a little body contouring can maximize the effort you have put into your appearance and overall well-being.
  3. It’s easy to conceal the healing body. Body contouring techniques such as liposuction may cause temporary side effects like swelling and bruising. There is no time like the winter to hide these side effects. Once you have shed your layers of winter clothing, your new body will be ready for its big reveal.
  4. Avoid the scramble. Each spring, there tends to be a bit of a scramble to get summer-ready. We tidy up our diet and get serious about exercise. Before that time comes, winter body-contouring with liposuction or other treatments can get the process started in the right direction.

Body procedures aren’t the only treatments that are great for the winter months. Facial rejuvenation can also be more discreetly handled after the holiday bustle has ended and the social calendar can be cleared for a week or two.
Discover how you can go into the New Year looking and feeling your best. Call (877) 526-3784 to schedule your consultation for surgical or nonsurgical facial or body rejuvenation.

Treat Dad to Something Unique This Year

Father’s Day presents a challenge for a lot of people. Many of us look at Dad and question what we could possibly get the man who has everything. We propose jumping right out of the traditional Father’s Day gift box and getting the special man in your life a cosmetic treatment. Studies show that surgical and nonsurgical treatments are becoming increasingly popular among men of all ages. Some want to postpone the signs of aging and some want to regain the features they once had. In either situation, we can help and are glad to do so. Here, we offer a few suggestions that will bring a lasting smile to Dad’s face.

  • Neck liposuction is a popular procedure for men who have developed a double-chin. This troubling problem creates the illusion of age and excess weight. It can also make wearing a button-up shirt uncomfortable.
  • Neck lift surgery. Whenever we hear the word “surgery,” we think along more extreme lines than we may need to. A neck lift can be a streamlined procedure that is often performed with a local anesthetic and mild sedative. This technique can be combined with neck liposuction to restore the angular nature of the jawline.
  • Injectable wrinkle-reduction. Men were a little slower to jump on the injectable bandwagon than the women in their lives but they are making up for their slow start. Men of all ages have come to know and love the rejuvenating effects they can gain with Botox and fillers. Botox reduces the deep worry and frown lines that make Dad look older and less friendly. Fillers can correct cheek hollows, shape the nose and jawline, and reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness.
  • A skin refresher. Everyone can benefit from a skin refresher from time to time, even Dad. Microdermabrasion and micro peel treatments are gentle, pampering techniques that remove dead and damaged skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter, healthier skin.
  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). This laser like treatment can reduce either or both spots or red from the skin.
  • Skin Care. A man’s skin is just was likely, if not more so, to have sun damage as a woman’s. Although most men think skin care consists of a little soap when bathing and, maybe, some sunblock while golfing or fishing, good skin care can make a huge difference in how he feels about himself.

Patients of our Highlands, NC office benefit from personal care and minimally-invasive treatments that get results with little to no downtime. To schedule a treatment Dad will love, contact us at (828) 526-3783.

Plastic Surgery For Your Teen – Some Pros and Cons

teen plastic surgeryBeing a teenager is especially hard these day. Bullying is rampant. Peer pressure to conform is daunting. Social media and Hollywood do their best to make teens feel inadequate. Some teens believe that plastic surgery will help. That it will somehow change how they view themselves and how they are viewed by the world. Definitive, empirical studies examining the long-term benefits of cosmetic surgery in teens are few to none. However, body image does tend to improve as teens mature and their bodies naturally change.

More than 236,000 cosmetic procedures were performed in 2012 on patients between 13 and 19. More than 75,000 of those involved the nose, breast lifts and augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tucks. Few studies have examined the risks for teens of these surgeries and additional research is needed for the more controversial procedures such as breast implants, liposuction, and genital plastic surgery.

Surgeries such as those to correct cleft palates and lips, and prominent noses and ears, absolutely benefit children and youth; these are not considered controversial. But the cultural phenomena of surgical makeovers and the increasing pressures on teens to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty make it increasingly difficult to agree on what constitutes “normal.”

The teenage body is a work in progress, a major concern when it comes to plastic surgery on adolescents. As some girls mature, the need for breast implants may diminish. The FDA has approved saline breast implants for women 18 and older; silicone gel breast implants were approved by the FDA in 2006, but only for women 22 and older, reflecting the FDA’s concerns regarding the risks of implants, and the ability of teens to fully comprehend the risks. Teenagers are often oblivious to the well-documented long-term health consequences of tanning, smoking and other risky behaviors, and would likely pay less attention to the risks of cosmetic surgery.

Are you the parent of a teen who is requesting a cosmetic surgical procedure? If so, call and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Buchanan to discuss your options: (828) 526-3783.

It’s The Perfect Time to Consider Looking Your Best

Time flies. Popular maxims such as living your best life and seizing the day ring oh so true.
No matter the time of your life, this may be the perfect time to refresh your image, regardless of your age or gender.

There are many plastic surgery options available today and choosing from them can be confusing at best. You know best what areas of your body and face need improving…and choosing the correct procedure often depends on your age. Dr. Buchanan can help you decide and focus on the goals you have for your surgery.

The Roaring 20’s – Just out of your teens and finally acne-free, you may want to improve the appearance of your skin using minimally invasive procedures and topical treatments. Breast augmentations, liposuction and rhinoplasty (“nose jobs”) and are common procedures for young adults.

plastic surgeryThe Thriving 30’s – You may begin to see your first fine lines and wrinkles. Minimize their appearance with a facial, a chemical peel, laser skin resurfacing or facial fillers. This is also the decade of child-bearing and your body may not be responding to diet and exercise. Consider body contouring options such as liposuction, breast lifts, tummy tucks and “Mommy Makeovers.”

The Fabulous 40’s – You just keep getting better! You may want to consider injectables, brow and eyelid lifts, neck or face lifts. All are excellent compliments to your youthful, active life style. Breast implants and lifts, tummy tucks and liposuction are popular procedures of the “fabulous forty” crowd.

The Fun 50’s – “Fifty is the new forty” and this is your decade. Brow, face, neck and eyelid lifts, laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels are popular procedures for those in this adventurous time of life.

The Savy 60’s – Men and women “of a certain age” are increasingly more likely to have facial plastic surgery procedures during this decade and beyond. If you are in good health, you can still consider a tummy tuck, liposuction and other lift procedures.

Let Dr. Buchanan work his magic – regardless of your age. Call for a consultation, today!

Plastic Surgery Facts…Or Fictions?

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It seems plastic surgery has had its share of fictions that regularly cycle the internet track. If you have heard any of the ones listed, below, and wondered if they were fact or fiction, read on:

  • “A Plastic Surgeon and Cosmetic Surgeon are one and the same.” A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed 3-6 years of surgical training and then 2 or more years focusing on just plastic surgery at an accredited hospital. Other physicians may have been trained to do cosmetic procedures in certain areas, like the head and neck or the eye, but the level of training is not the same. Many physicians calling themselves Cosmetic Surgeons may not even be surgeons (Dermatologists are now doing cosmetic procedures) and many (gynecologists, general surgeons) may have little or no training in many of the procedures they do.
  • “Plastic surgery doesn’t leave scars.” Not true. When an incision is made and skin is cut, the result of the incision is a scar. However, highly trained plastics surgeons, such as Dr. Buchanan at the Center for Plastic Surgery, can minimize the appearance of scars with inconspicuous incision placement and very precise closure techniques.
  • “Liposuction is for weight loss.” Liposuction is meant to remove localized areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. It’s not meant to be a procedure for people who are looking for a speedy, effortless weight-loss solution.
  • “Breast augmentation is a one-time event.” Silicone and saline breast implants have a limited life-span – usually around 10 to 15 years, though many have lasted significantly longer. Aging can also cause previously augmented breasts to droop. If you have implants, you may find that you need a replacement procedure or a breast lift in the future.
  • “Cost is the major consideration when contemplating plastic or cosmetic surgery.” With reconstructive surgery the exception, most cosmetic surgery is elective and not covered by insurance. But cost shouldn’t be your only consideration. Your expectations and goals must be realistic. Furthermore, not all surgeons are experienced or qualified, so conducting research into your procedure and your surgeon is critical. Many inexperienced surgeons and non-surgeons are now frequently offering procedures at cut rate prices. You generally get what you pay for. Many are doing procedures where sedation is used in non-accredited facilities without certified anesthesia personnel to supervise. This is also less expensive, but you are literally “taking your life in your hands.” In the state of North Carolina alone there have been a number of deaths in these facilities.

Dr. Buchanan is board-certified and highly trained in the procedures he offers. Any surgery requiring sedation or anesthesia is done in Harris OR, a fully accredited  facility with board certified anesthesiologists. Call for a consultation, today, and experience the highest level of patient care and satisfaction available: (828) 526-3783 or toll free: (877) 526-3784.

Is A Brow Lift In Your Future?

In a culture that celebrates youth, men and women alike are turning to cosmetic procedures to help them maintain a youthful, fresh appearance for as long as possible.

Ideally, your appearance should reflect the way you really feel inside. But as you age, exposure to the sun, loss of skin elasticity and repeated muscle contractions over time combine to drop your brow.

browlift surgeryA furrowed, drooping brow can make you look older, more stressed and habitually tired.

One popular surgical procedure is a BROW LIFT…which is designed to revitalize a sagging, drooping or lined forehead and refresh the area between the brows and the upper eyelids for a less tired, sad, angry look.

If you’ve heard of this procedure and want to know more, read on.

A brow lift can elevate your brows and return them to a more youthful position, taking years off of your appearance.

A brow lift can smooth the horizontal lines on your forehead, making you look less stressed.

A brow lift can erase the vertical creases between your brows. These are the creases that can make you look tired, angry, stressed and worried.

A brow lift can improve the appearance of sagging folds above your eyelids.

A brow lift can reduce the lateral “crow’s feet” beside the eyes.

For some patients, improving the appearance and position of the brows and removing sagging skin above the eyes makes it easier for them to see.

Dr. Buchanan performs this procedure in a minimally invasive manner, using incisions hidden in the hair, in the upper eyelid or just above the brow. The technique depends on your anatomy and generally provides you excellent improvement and fast recovery while maintaining a natural appearance. You should be able to return to your daily activities in a few days with minimal, or easily concealed bruising.

If you’d like to learn more about  brow lifts at the Center for Plastic Surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan, today at 828-526-3783.

How to Really Enjoy Your Plastic Surgery Recovery

Plastic Surgery Procedures Highlands, NCAs much as we tell our children otherwise, part of your self-esteem does come from your outward appearance. If you are dissatisfied with your appearance— whatever it may be- we at Center For Plastic Surgery Can help. We offer patients a variety of different procedures to enhance their breasts, reshape their nose, or even combat fine lines and wrinkles.

Whether you’ve wanted a breast augmentation or rhinoplasty, one of the most important aspects of a surgical procedure is the recovery. The proper recovery gives your body enough time to heal afterward which can give you the best results possible. Here at Center For Plastic Surgery, we take pride in our Highlands, North Carolina residency because it offers patients the perfect, serene oasis to recover after any surgical or non-invasive surgery.

With our European style retreat in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, patients can get surgery and recover in serenity— leaving them with the best results possible.

During your stay in Highlands, we can arrange for you to pamper yourself and rejuvenate at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa. After your surgery, we will transport you from the hospital or our surgical center directly to the inn where you will enjoy the healing, support, and relaxation that your body needs. Additionally, patients who stay at the Old Edwards Inn will also enjoy anti-inflammatory meals that are specifically created for patients to help aid in a faster healing and recovery time. Plus, with an expert staff of professionals, you can rest easy knowing that we will check up on you to ensure that you are recovering safely and smoothly.

Recovering from surgery doesn’t have to be all about the bandages and stress. Here at Center For Plastic Surgery, we thrive on the fact that we can give patients the relaxation their bodies need in a luxurious environment. If you want to learn more about The Old Edwards Inn and how you can recover in style, contact our Highlands office today!

How to Decide if Plastic Surgery is Right for You

plastic SurgeryAlthough it’s not as controversial anymore, it used to be that having plastic surgery was similar to wearing a giant “A” on your chest like Hester Prynne, the character from Hawthorn’s The Scarlet Letter. However, as more and more men and women are electing to undergo plastic surgery on almost a whim, it’s not seen the same  as it once was. So how can you make sure you’re getting plastic surgery for the right reasons? Read on to learn more.

Give It Time

If you wake up on a Tuesday and decide that you want to have plastic surgery and schedule your appointment for the next day, you’re not giving yourself enough time. Because plastic surgery is something that will help transform your appearance, you need to make sure that you have thought about it for a reasonable time. If you still want to get surgery, then you know you are ready.

Ask Questions

Go into your surgery or procedure feeling as informed as possible. How exactly? By reading about it and asking questions during your consultation. In fact, we encourage all of our patients at The Center for Plastic Surgery to come to their consultation fully prepared with a long list of questions— that way you leave the office feeling confident you have made the right decision.

Ask Yourself “Why?”

One of the best ways for you to decide whether or not plastic surgery is right for you is to ask yourself why you are considering it. Are you getting it done for yourself or someone else? Are you having it to make yourself happier and to feel better about yourself or just to accentuate your appearance?

Plastic surgery isn’t something that is right for everyone. If, however, it is something that you have put time into thinking about, if you have researched it and asked enough questions and if you have asked yourself why you want it and decided it is for the right reasons, then it may be right for you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment to discuss any further questions you may have, contact The Center For Plastic Surgery today!

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!



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