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In my last blog post – Benefits of CoolSculpting® – I highlighted many key advantages that CoolSculpting® can provide patients who are interested in non-surgical fat reduction. While the benefits I listed do play a significant role in distinguishing this innovative treatment from other alternatives, I wanted to delve a bit deeper into what really makes CoolSculpting® unique.
Much like patients interested in liposuction, those seeking CoolSculpting® have typically become fed up with stubborn fat that does not go away with diet and exercise. However, unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting® is completely non-invasive and rarely requires downtime, effectively making it more appealing to people who maintain busy schedules, are not interested in surgery, and/or are not candidates to undergo a surgical procedure.
What makes CoolSculpting® even more unique is a process by the name of cryolipolysis. In short, cryolipolysis essentially freezes fat cells, which eventually leads to their death. All of our body’s cells are sensitive to a particular temperature, and this machine is designed to take fat cells down to the specific degree to which only they are sensitive, effectively leaving other, surrounding cells unharmed. Once the targeted fat cells die, they will then metabolize normally and exit the body through natural processes.
In the end, the results from CoolSculpting® are excellent on the appropriate candidate. Results are not typically as aggressive or obvious as with liposuction, but not every patient needs a dramatic change. That being said, with enough treatments on a given area, we are able to achieve very similar results.
– Tiffany McCormack, MD, FACS
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To learn more about this nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, or to schedule a CoolSculpting consultation with Dr. McCormack, please contact our office today.
Ask your surgeon about their training, board certification, and experience. It is okay to ask to see before and after photos of other patients, read patient testimonials, and maybe even speak to previous patients who have gone through the same or similar procedures. A basic understanding of the technique, including placement of scars, length of surgery and recovery, possible risks and side effects, and alternative treatment options are excellent topics from which to base questions to better prepare yourself for surgery.
In my own experience, many of my patients ask me personal questions such as whether or not I have had plastic surgery and why I became a plastic surgeon. None of this is off limits as far as I’m concerned. I am getting to know my patients during our initial consultation, and they are often sharing very intimate details, insecurities, and expectations. My job is to make patients feel comfortable opening up and being honest about what they are hoping to achieve so that I can most effectively help them reach their goals.
For additional advice about choosing your plastic surgeon, feel free to check out my previous blog post. If you are interested in cosmetic plastic surgery, please do not hesitate to contact McCormack Plastic Surgery today.
First and foremost, make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (see: “Why Your Plastic Surgeon Should Be Board-Certified By ABPS”). Once you have verified board certification, further assurance regarding your surgeon’s qualifications can be afforded by his or her membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The next step is to call and set up a professional consultation. Spend time before your appointment to educate yourself online about your procedure of interest so you know what kinds of questions to ask. If you know someone who works in your local hospital or surgery center, you may want to get some input as to your surgeon’s reputation in a surgical setting. I have heard patients say they don’t necessarily care about a doctor’s bedside manner as long as they are technically sound. I would argue that it is not too much to expect both an excellent bedside manner and great technical ability.
Ultimately, a positive connection with your surgeon and your surgeon’s staff is essential. You should be made to feel comfortable from the minute you step foot into the office. It is also crucial that you feel there is good communication and that all of your questions are answered and explained in a thoughtful and clear manner.
If you need help coming up with quality questions to ask your surgeon, be sure to check out my next blog post where I will provide some direction for the types of questions to ask a prospective plastic surgeon.
This day and age, many healthcare providers are performing a variety of plastic surgery procedures. For this reason, it is important to note that just because a doctor or surgeon offers a particular cosmetic procedure does not necessarily mean he or she is qualified to perform plastic surgery. The key to ensuring your surgeon has the proper qualifications to perform plastic surgery safely and effectively is to identify whether or not they have received certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
Board certification from ABPS is a strenuous and time-consuming process following residency. Compared to other plastic or cosmetic surgery organizations, training for ABPS certification is more extensive, the examination process is more rigorous, and the code of ethical conduct is more stringent. Additionally, ABPS is approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body whereas other organizations are not.
If your plastic surgeon is certified by ABPS, you can be assured that he or she has at least six years of training in an accredited program with actual experience in surgery, and that at least three of those years were specifically devoted to plastic surgery. Furthermore, board-certified plastic surgeons are also required to have fulfilled strict education requirements that include patient safety techniques.
In summation, surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are extensively trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of all types and their experience is often broader as a result. Some physicians can claim a certificate from a weekend course for procedures like liposuction or breast augmentation, but if something goes wrong, few of these doctors are capable of comprehensively taking care of the patient.
For more information about choosing the right plastic surgeon, read my next blog post in which I will reveal other credentials to look for in addition to board certification.
In my previous two blog posts, I discussed the most common age to receive plastic surgery and the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. In this final installment of my three-part blog series, I will conclude my ASAPS statistical breakdown by elaborating on why I believe cosmetic plastic surgery has become increasingly popular year after year, followed by my predictions for future trends.
My Theory on Why Plastic Surgery Numbers Have Spiked
The ASAPS data reveals that the total number of cosmetic procedures – both surgical and nonsurgical – performed has steadily increased every year since 1997. I believe this number continues to rise year after year due to the fact that plastic surgery has become less taboo and more talked about in our culture. It is no longer uncommon for friends to discuss plastic surgery openly. Celebrities and icons are more open about procedures they have undergone, and a number of television shows have even been centered around plastic surgery (for better or for worse). Additionally, and perhaps just as importantly, the number of options have changed considerably when we look at what techniques are available today in terms of surgery and even recovery.
I also feel that numbers have spiked due to a rise in male plastic surgery. My practice has seen a large increase in the number of male patients over the last year. The most common procedure males seek is liposuction, followed by facelift surgery and rhinoplasty. Laser hair removal is also more common with male patients on the non-invasive side of the practice. I attribute this increase in popularity to the same reasons I stated above.
My Projection for the Future
Based on the trends I’ve observed at my own practice, I believe breast augmentation will remain at the top of the list. Again, this covers a wide range of the population – from younger women, to women whose bodies have changed with pregnancy, to those whose bodies have changed with the normal process of aging. I also expect to see a steady increase in male plastic surgery as cosmetic procedures become more and more accepted in our culture.
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For more information on the surgical and nonsurgical procedures we offer at McCormack Plastic Surgery, please contact our office. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions or help you schedule a consultation today.
Just announced – Laser Demos and more of Tiffany’s Favorite Things Revealed! We hope you can join us this Friday 01/21 from 2pm-7pm for a fun filled day of beauty and more! Remember to call our office (775) 284-2020 or email Judy to RSVP today!
Dr. Tiffany McCormack and the team at McCormack Plastic Surgery is excited to host a fun filled Evening of Beauty on Friday, January 21st at their Reno plastic surgery office. This exclusive event promises to introduce privileged guests to the best of today’s cosmetic enhancements and luxury lifestyle purveyors. Featuring live demos to cover what’s new, what’s hot, what works and what does not, join Dr. Tiffany McCormack for an unforgettable experience showcasing Tiffany’s favorite things. This privilege pass entitles you and another beauty enthusiast entrance to this private affair.
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Join McCormack Plastic Surgery on Friday, October 15th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm for a fun-filled afternoon of beauty and special offers. Dr. McCormack and her team will be discussing some of the latest non-invasive rejuvenation options for the face and body, plus the event will feature laser demos, prize giveaways and special pricing on all your skin care needs. RSVP to (775) 284-2020 by Wednesday, 10/13. We look forward to seeing you then!
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Dr. Tiffany McCormack and our new fat freezing technology, Zeltiq™ has been featured in a Channel 2, KTVN Health Watch. A non-surgical alternative to traditional liposuction, the Zeltiq™ system uses a process called cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells and ultimately rid the patient of pesky fat deposits that cannot be helped with exercise alone. Additional information is available on our Zeltiq™ page, or by contacting our office to arrange a private consultation with Dr. McCormack.
McCormack Plastic Surgery is proudly introducing several new non-invasive treatments designed to target areas of the body that many of us try to hide when summer rolls around. Whether you desire a more contoured figure, a shapelier bust, or painless hair removal, Dr. McCormack will work with you to individualize a treatment plan that will refine your natural beauty and give you the confidence to strut your stuff this summer.
Introducing CoolSculpting™ by ZELTIQ™
The Cool Way to Reduce Fat, ZELTIQ is a new liposuction alternative that reduces fat with No Needles, No Incisions, No Anesthesia and No Recovery Time!
Introducing LigthSheer® DUET™
Laser hair removal has never been so easy! Learn more about Faster, Safer, Virtually Pain Free laser hair removal offered at our Reno area practice.
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Interested in learning more about these exciting new treatments? Call our office at (775) 284-2020 to arrange your private consultation with Dr. Tiffany McCormack.
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