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4 Common Misconceptions About Mommy Makeovers

4 Common Misconceptions About Mommy Makeovers

Sometimes becoming the “new you” means getting back to the “old you”. Any mother can tell you: Bringing a child into the world changes you. And some of those changes might not be ones you want sticking around for the rest of your life. That’s where getting back to the “old you” comes in: Thanks to mommy makeovers, you can restore your body back to its pre-childbirth state! At the office of board certified plastic surgeon Richard J. Brown, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about mommy makeovers. It’s a very popular procedure AND a highly misunderstood one. A lot of misconceptions surround this life-changing, life-enhancing process. Let us clear up the confusion by debunking four of the most common misconceptions about mommy makeovers.
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Why We Started #ReleaseYourInnerBeauty

Everybody is beautiful. That’s something we believe down to the core of our beings here at the offices of Scottsdale board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard J. Brown. Each day we have the pleasure of working with patients who are intelligent, caring, and accomplished. They’re drop-dead gorgeous, both inside and out. But not everyone sees it that way. The thing is, you can be perfectly happy with yourself as a person and still feel out of place in your own skin. Just because you are successful and intelligent and have a happy, loving family doesn’t mean you’ll feel beautiful. Sometimes in spite of all your accomplishments, you simply don’t feel whole.
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Can You Go In the Sun After a Facelift?

At the Scottsdale offices of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard J. Brown, our patients often ask if they can go in the sun after a facelift. Now that you look as young as you feel, it’s perfectly natural to want to go out and enjoy life. However, precautions should be taken following a facelift.
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When to Consider a Facelift

180451375-300x200As we get older and gravity begins to play a more prominent role when it comes to the look of our face, many people, both women and men, start to consider a facelift. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is designed to rejuvenate the face by tightening the deeper structure of the face and removing excess skin, which may be the result of sun exposure or the general aging process. It can address the midface, jowls and neck depending on your particular needs.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?

service-4Botox continues to be a very popular treatment for those looking to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face. It is a great solution for those who may feel unhappy with their appearance due to aging or other factors. Botox is a series of injections just under the skin that work to paralyze or freeze the muscles that contract to cause wrinkles and lines. These injections can last from a few to several weeks and it is important to know that continued injections are necessary to sustain the results. A good candidate for Botox is someone who is in generally good overall health. Patients must be at least 18 years old. Some patients are looking to set up a continual treatment program while others are simply looking for short-term solution for a special event. Those with a history of neuromuscular disease, deep scars, skin disorders, or marked facial asymmetry may find that Botox is not the best option for them. This is something that is typically discussed at length with the doctor before treatment is decided upon and completed. There are certain situations when Botox may not be the most effective treatment. When a patient is seeking a more permanent or profound change to their looks, the redundant treatment of Botox may not make as much sense as a facelift of necklift would. For example, if a patient is hoping to improve the look of excess skin caused by long-term exposure to the sun over the years, Botox injections will not be enough. Dr. Richard J. Brown offers several rejuvenation surgeries such as facelifts, eyelid surgery, browlifts, rhinoplasty and facial implants to provide a more permanent solution to those seeking changes to their appearances. These procedures tighten the deeper structure of the face and remove excess skin, which may be the result of sun exposure or the general aging process. Dr. Brown starts by first meeting with the patient and discussing what their desires and goals are. From there, he will offer ideas on what procedures or treatments will work the best and which ones make the most sense. In some cases, Botox injections will serve the purpose. A patient may not be at a point where they need surgery to resolve their issues with their appearance. In other cases, Dr. Brown will discuss surgical procedures to address the target area. Related: Get Ready for Your Facelift With These Tips  Rest assured that you will never be pushed in a direction you are not comfortable with when working with Dr. Richard J. Brown. He will be sure to take his time to get to know you first and find out what you are looking to accomplish before he makes his recommendations. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown, simply give us a call at 480-947-2455.  
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Get Ready for Your Facelift With These Tips

rtyrtyurtyyChoosing to have a facelift is a big decision. We think it’s very important to consider all of your options and get all the information you can so you can make a well informed decision. From choosing your doctor to arranging your recovery time, there are some things to consider. Related: Post-Surgery Tips Here are some tips to prepare you for your facelift:
  • Choose the right doctor - If you don’t feel comfortable with your plastic surgeon, you shouldn't have your facelift performed. You should have 100% confidence in your surgeon because the less stressed you are, the better you will heal.
  • Get to know the procedure - The more you know about the actual procedure, the better you will feel going in. Have your surgeon explain the procedure step-by-step. Ask your doctor if they perform different types of facelifts. Watch the 3D animation here. Ask to see before and after photos. Will they focus just on the skin of the forehead or the underlying tissue? Ask as many questions as you need.
  • Be prepared for recovery - Recovery can take a few weeks. There’s no way around it. Your doctor will provide you with pain medication. The medicine can have an affect on your ability to take care of yourself so make sure you have someone there to help you for the first day or so. Set up a room in your home for your recovery center, complete with blankets, pillows, lots of water and easy to eat snacks when you’re ready.
  • Know that there will be swelling - If you’re prepared for the swelling, it won’t come as much of a shock. Any type of surgery results in trauma and your body’s natural response is to swell to protect the area. Speak with your surgeon about what you can do to help with the swelling the first few days.
It’s important to us here at Richard J. Brown that all of our patients are completely comfortable with the decision they've made in regards to plastic surgery. Scottsdale and Sun City patients schedule consultations with Dr. Brown to have all of their questions answered and spend time getting to know not only himself, but his staff as well. Related: The Most Popular Procedures for Our Patients 50 and Above If you’d like to schedule a consultation at our Scottsdale or Sun City plastic surgery office at 480-947-2455.
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5 Surgeries Our Patients 50 and Above Love Most

As you go through life laughing, smiling, crying, squinting, drinking, eating... the list goes on an on...your face and body begin to show the signs of aging from wrinkles to droopy skin. That’s why Dr. Richard J. Brown offers procedures that can help reduce the signs of aging, giving you back your spark. Related: Get Rid of Your Crow's Feet Without Surgery We have a small list of surgeries that have proven to be the most popular top procedures for patients over 50amongst our older patients throughout the years. Each of them targets a problem area that we’ve noticed men and women tend to focus on in their years after 50.
  • Facelift - This will focus on the loose skin of the forehead, cheek area and jowls.
  • Necklift - A necklift procedure can be combined with a facelift procedure to address the lower part of the face and neck, where skin can lose its elasticity.
  • Browlift - Like the necklift and the facelift, it will tighten a portion of your face. Brow lifts address wrinkles on the forehead and the sagging brow, restoring a brightness and awakened look to the face.
  • Breast Surgery - This can include breast implant replacement if the patient has already had breast augmentation and also include a breast lift, one of the most popular surgeries for women over 50. It will bring  fullness and youthfulness back to your breasts, taking years off of your chest area, a place that tends to show our age.
  • Tummy Tuck - Whether you’ve had children in your younger years or not, the skin on the stomach can begin to sag and show age. This can be from yo-yo dieting or simply because with age, all of our skin will lose elasticity. With a tummy tuck, you’ll have your figure back so you can rock all the latest styles with confidence!
As with all plastic surgeries, we recommend sitting down for a consultation with Dr. Brown so you can discuss what it is you’re looking for out of your procedure. While Dr. Brown can’t turn back time, he can help you find confidence in your older age, by recommending procedures to restore volume and youthfulness to the body and face.Sun City and Scottsdale have become Dr. Brown’s home for helping men and women rediscover their love for their own bodies again. Related: Bring a Picture to Your Consultation To schedule your consultation, please call our Sun City or Scottsdale plastic surgery office at 480-947-2455 to discuss how to regain your youthful appearance with the help of Dr. Brown.
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Dr. Brown Can Help If You’ve Had Bad Plastic Surgery

If you’ve ever seen the show Botched, you know how badly plastic surgery can end. But Dr. Brown is an expert in plastic surgery fix your plastic surgeryrevision whether it be because you didn’t have a good surgeon to start with, or your body simply didn’t react well to implants. Dr. Brown does quite a few breast implant revisions for the following reasons:
  • Implant issues - This can happen because you didn’t choose the proper shape of implant for the look you wanted (tear drop vs. regular) or because the size doesn’t make you happy (whether too big or too small).
  • Bad scarring - Scarring happens. Not all surgeons can promise minimal scarring during breast implants. It all depends on where your surgeon decides to put in the implant and how he closes the incision.
  • Capsular contracture - This is the last thing you want to happen after a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction but it can happen. Capsular contracture is caused by the hardening of tissue around the breast implant and can occur anytime post surgery, from months to years.
If you’ve had a bad experience with previous plastic surgery, don’t let it scare you from having a plastic surgery revision. Dr. Brown is here to help and wants to make sure that you are happy with the way you look. He can help with rhinoplasty revisions, breast augmentation revisions and almost any other type of surgery. Schedule your consultation today to see what Dr. Brown can do for you. Call our Sun City or Scottsdale plastic surgery office at 480-947-2455. Dr. Brown will sit down with you and discuss what he can do to give you the plastic surgery you’ve dreamed of with results you can be proud of!  
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Don’t Let the Fear of Pain Keep You From Exploring Plastic Surgery

fear of painThe fear of pain and recovery can be the biggest deterrent from plastic surgery. Reality television shows that highlight the negative sides of cosmetic surgery can turn someone off to the idea. But the majority of our patients are surprised at how well they handle the pain following their procedure. Pain is relative to each of our patients and each surgery is different. We have some patients that can resume activity far sooner than others depending on their pain tolerance. As always, we recommend listening to your body as that is going to be the best way to recognize when your body can begin to tolerate activity and pain medications can be reduced or done away with. Related: Undergoing Multiple Surgeries is Safe On average, our patients use their pain medication for the first 2-3 days after their procedure. Depending on which type of plastic surgery you had, you may find that you'll need them for an extended period of time. For example, breast augmentation patients are sometimes surprised that they don't have as much pain as they expected after their procedure. Some surgeries are harder on the body than others. Rhinoplasty can be a painful recovery because it can cause symptoms such as headaches and pain swallowing or speaking. Breast reconstruction can also be a painful surgery due to the amount of stretching of the skin and manipulation that Dr. Brown performs during surgery leading to pain when lifting your arms. Again, this all depends on your specific pain tolerance. Related: Important Post-Op Plastic Surgery Rules Dr. Brown is an extremely experienced surgeon and does everything he can during surgery to make sure he lessens the amount of swelling and distress to the body. He can also help you post-procedure to help with pain management so you can have the best, most comfortable recovery possible. Related: When It Comes to Breast Implants, Cheaper Isn't Better If you think you won't tolerate the pain of plastic surgery well, bring this up to Dr. Brown during your consultation and he can address your concerns and put your mind at ease. He can also discuss your at home obligations to ensure you have the proper time to rest and recuperate following your procedure. We know that a lot of patients have jobs they need to return to and children at home to tend to. Bring this up to Dr. Brown as well, and together you can discuss a post-operative plan to have you back on your feet as safely and as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown, premier Scottsdale and Sun City plastic surgeon, call 480-947-2455.
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Bring Your Inspiration to Your Consultation!

plastic surgery picturePictures are worth a thousand words, so they say. So why not use them as inspiration for your plastic surgery! From celebrities to athletes, friends and family members, you may find someone who has the look you’re going for. Related: How to Be Prepared for Your Plastic Surgery Consultation It can be hard to describe to your Scottsdale plastic surgeon what exactly you’re looking for in your procedure. But what if you had concrete proof of what it is you want? That’s exactly what pictures do. As you present them to your surgeon, he or she will get a visual idea of your expectations. This will make it easier for your surgeon to set realistic expectations for you and know what changes you want to achieve. There’s even websites you can go to ‘try on’ the cosmetic surgery you’re considering! With millions of pictures at your fingertips online, you’ll find it easy to obtain an image that represents your ideal surgery results. Whether you’re considering a breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck or liposuction, bring a picture! Related: Follow These Rules for The Best Recovery From Plastic Surgery Dr. Brown loves using visuals to show his patients what to expect after surgery. He wants each and every patient to love their body and the first step in achieving that with plastic surgery is to have a clear cut image of what it is you want to see following your procedure. The Realself website can show you real plastic surgery patients and their results. This will help you know what fits your body type or facial features based on other patients. Whether or not you’ve got your picture picked out, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown by calling 480-947-2455. He will take all the time you need to ensure you’re making the right decision and have chosen a surgery that will have you feeling like the best you that you can be!
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