» CoolSculpting: Start on a Positive Note
29th November, 2016
When CoolSculpting became established in plastic surgery practices, it was initially thought of as a technology to fine-tune the results of weight loss from diet and exercise. It was mostly used to reduce those stubborn areas that seem to hang on despite a person’s best efforts.
With more than 3.5 million treatments worldwide, there is now a broad base of experience and a high level of patient satisfaction. With this massive amount of real-world evidence, both patients and practitioners are taking a different view about when to use it.
For many patients, CoolSculpting is becoming an early step in transforming their shape and returning a youthful silhouette. The rapid results get things going in a positive direction with a visible change in appearance.
This kind of head start early in your journey can pay dividends all through your shape initiative, physically and in terms of your outlook. What’s more, it’s that positive outlook that can be a key factor for success.
How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, fat-reduction treatment that freezes fat cells and allows the body to discharge them naturally. The fat is crystallized and leaves the body for good. There is no change in the fat distribution over untreated areas, so CoolSculpting enables you and your clinician to contour the body according to your own goals.
Why It’s a Technique to Consider
When we lose weight, our fat cells simply shrink. They are still there, and if we gain weight again, they are all too happy to get big again.
CoolSculpting, on the other hand, reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas by 20% to 25% – and those cells never come back. So, you are much more likely to maintain the results of your body-sculpting effort.
What You Can Expect from CoolSculpting
First, in a personal consultation with your board-certified plastic surgeon or another trained clinician, you’ll develop a specific vision of your body-sculpting goals overall, and exactly where CoolSculpting can help. Then, in the treatment you schedule, a gel pad and applicator will direct controlled cooling to the areas you chose for treatment. Without needles, without surgery and without downtime, you’ll receive a direct assist in contouring the silhouette you imagined, yet might have doubted you could attain.
It All Starts with a Dream – And a Talk
Your consultation might well become a day you remember, because goals, dreams, and desires you might have thought were out of reach can become attainable in that talk. With the experience and know-how of the professionals you trust, the body you dreamed of having can begin becoming yours from that day.
We welcome the opportunity to have just such a conversation with you.
» CoolSculpting: Details Can Make All the Difference
27th November, 2016
People who meet movie stars for the first time often comment that they look even better in person than on the screen. The camera and the big screen are notoriously unforgiving, and the old “adds ten pounds” truism is only the beginning. The main theme in these “star sightings” is that the stars have a kind of perfection of detail. The eyes are even brighter, the skin even smoother, the profile even sharper, they report.
Certainly, it’s not healthy for all of us to aspire to look like a movie star, but this lesson about the importance of details is perhaps worth noticing. It is surprising how much difference just a few small details can make.
That’s one reason many people consider CoolSculpting as the finishing touch after a successful program of weight loss. This established, FDA-cleared procedure has worked so well, for so many people, that it is the No. 1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment in the world.
Those Parts That You Set Out to Lose
Even after diet and exercise have done their part, the stubborn areas that remain may be the ones that prompted us to lose weight in the first place: abdomen, inner thighs, outer thighs, “love handles,” and double chin.
And these are just the spots where CoolSculpting can do its work to put the finishing touches on your body contour. Although men and women store fat differently, CoolSculpting works the same way for all of us. And if we’re within 30 pounds of ideal body weight and in good health, most people qualify.
That’s More Like It – In a Matter of Weeks
Without surgery, without anesthesia, and with little or no downtime, your CoolSculpting treatment starts in the doctor’s office. Over the next several days, your body’s own immune system removes the fat cells that were frozen in the treatment. There’s no pain and people report very little discomfort.
If this sounds like the missing piece in your goals for the shape of your body, and if you would like to get some expert guidance on the subject, then we welcome the opportunity to have just such a conversation with you.
» CoolSculpting Now Offered at Northside Plastic Surgery
3rd November, 2016
The world’s No.1 non-surgical fat-reduction treatment – CoolSculpting – is now being offered at Northside Plastic Surgery. The procedure, which uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts of diet and exercise, is completely non-invasive, requires no anesthesia, no needles, and no downtime.
CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to remove fat in the abdomen, love handles, double chin, inner thighs, and outer thighs. The procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen) and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
“CoolSculpting is an excellent option for men and women who just can’t seem to lose those few extra bulges, no matter how hard they try. CoolSculpting is proven, safe, and effective. Not only that, the results are impressive.”
More than three million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed worldwide, and CoolSculpting has also been named the “Best Fat-Reducing Treatment” by NewBeauty. The procedure has been featured on E! News, The Doctors, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and others.
The way CoolSculpting works is that it uses controlled cooling to target and kill specific fat cells. In the weeks that follow, the patient’s body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells. Treated fat cells are gone for good, which provides long-term results, while untreated areas are unaffected.
The length of a CoolSculpting treatment varies depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. While each CoolSculpting treatment generally lasts about one hour, some patients have more than one treatment during the same office visit. Regardless of the number of treatments provided during a single visit, patients can resume normal activities immediately.
» BECA to Offer Services at Northside Plastic Surgery
21st October, 2016
Breast Enhancement Centers of America (BECA) opened its fourth international location today at Northside Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta. The Alpharetta destination joins established practices in Miami, Beverly Hills, and Munich, Germany.
BECA was founded by Dr. L. Scott Ennis with a single goal of “creating life-changing experiences by taking in each patient’s unique beauty and crafting a surgical procedure to showcase and elevate it.” At Northside Plastic Surgery, BECA will offer a full array of breast and body procedures designed to achieve that goal.
The BECA medical team will offer breast augmentations, lifts, revisions, and reductions. It will also offer a variety of body sculpting procedures, including labiaplasty, liposuction, mommy makeovers, and tummy tucks.
The breast and body procedures provided by BECA will complement the facial procedures offered by Northside Plastic Surgery founder, Dr. Mike Majmundar. Board-certified in facial plastic surgery, Majmundar is considered one of Atlanta’s pre-eminent cosmetic surgeons. He has been named a Top Doctor by Atlanta Magazine; a National Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly; a Top Beauty Expert by The Atlantan, Best Self, and Northside Woman; and Best Botox and Filler Injector by Jezebel.
“The relationship with BECA gives Northside Plastic Surgery the ability to provide women in the greater Atlanta area with holistic, world-class treatment options,” Majmundar said. “We were already known for our facial procedures, and with the addition of breast and body procedures performed by BECA, we can now treat the complete woman.”
Surgical procedures performed by both BECA and Northside Plastic Surgery will take place at the Greater Atlanta Plastic Surgery Center, which is located on the Northside Plastic Surgery Center campus at 11681 Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta. The surgery center is an AAAASF-accredited, state-of-the-art outpatient facility specializing only in cosmetic surgery. The center boasts more than 4,000 square feet of space with two oversized operating rooms. An overnight suite is also available for patients seeking the utmost in privacy and superior care.
» The New Home of the award-winning Northside Plastic Surgery and Dr. Mike Majmundar opens on January 1st, 2016!
» Soft Tissue Lip Implants
15th November, 2015
Lip augmentation is a cosmetic surgical or non-surgical procedure performed to enhance the appearance of the patient’s lips by making them plumper and fuller. Surgical enhancement is done through the use of lip implants, while non-surgical is via injection of dermal fillers, collagen, and fat. Lip augmentation using implants have become increasingly popular over the past few years due to their superior results. Newer lip implants look and feel much more natural. Although lip injections are still widely performed, younger patients are starting to want lip implants more. One of the main reasons is the results provided by lip implants last much longer, as opposed to that of non-surgical means which is only good for six months.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS
Different kinds of implants are used for lip augmentation. The earliest, original kind are the ones made of silicone, which look and feel very unnatural due their large size. The next type are those made of Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex is a waterproof lightweight fabric membrane invented in 1969 by W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. It is mainly used in weather garments and more recently, for medical purposes including synthetic ligaments, heart patches, vascular grafts, sutures, etc. Lip implants made out of Gore-Tex proved to be much better than their silicone counterparts due to their flexibility. One problem with older silicone lip implants is they are too hard and large, so when the patient smirks the implant can be pulled to one side causing asymmetry. Another good thing about Gore-Tex implants is that the body’s tissues grow around it, thereby holding it securely in place. In other words, they do not become displaced like silicone implants do. The only problem with Gore-Tex implants is when scar tissue grows around the implant, the scar tissue can be very hard and the patient will start to feel it. There can also be some dimpling on the lip area. To address this problem, an implant made of both silicone and Gore-Tex was developed. The inside was made of silicone, while the outside was Gore-Tex. This combination lip implant was successful at first because the incidence of scarring was reduced, but eventually, some patients still got dimpling when they smile.
Now, surgeons use silicone-only implants primarily that are much thinner, softer, and more flexible. These implants impart a much more natural look. Patients can get an implant but still look as though their lip was not enhanced with any kind of synthetic implant at all. New generation silicone implants are now very popular especially in patients 50 years old and above. One more advantage of the smaller silicone lip implants is that if the patient wants to do injections on top of it later, it can be done. Further advantage is that unlike the fat injections which last for an average maximum of two years, implants produce permanent results.
Lip implants are indicated for everyone who wishes to have fuller lips, but surgeons recommend it especially for older patients. Younger people usually have nice lips, so putting an implant there can overdo it. But basically, anyone who cannot afford to get lip injections every six months is a good candidate.
The main advantages of having a lip implant include natural look and feel, and the longevity of the result. As previously mentioned, non-surgical means of lip augmentation lasts for six months or maybe a little bit longer, whereas implants last forever. A major disadvantage of lip implants, nonetheless, is that they have specific predetermined sizes. The surgeon cannot customize the implant according to the patient’s wish. Unlike with injections, the surgeon can add a little bit more in the middle or in the sides. The doctor can customize the look by injecting in different places.
Another thing about a silicone lip implant is even though it looks very natural and feels very soft, the tissues do not grow into it. So potentially, it can shift over time because of its silky smooth surface. That is quite uncommon, but it does happen every once in a while. Patients who like to smirk or those whose lips draw to one side when they smile or talk are better off with a Gore-Tex implant. Such implant will stay in that place and follow the patient’s smile and the muscle when it pulls.
Probably the biggest limitation of lip implants is the fact that they come in fixed sizes – small, medium, and large. The size is based on the width and length of the implant. There are no customized versions. If the patient has a very wide smile and the longest implant is still too short for it, there is a likelihood that the implant may shift because it is not going to sit properly in the patient’s lips.
Because augmentation with lip implants requires an operation, the complications are all related to surgery. There will be some swelling and bruising for about two weeks. Long-term complications are rare. It can get infected in the long run and will therefore require removal. It can shift, move, or migrate. And in very rare instances, it can even extrude, which only means that the operation was not done properly to begin with.
Generally, if the patient did not get much bruising and swelling, he or she will be able to fully recover in seven days. But in general, a recovery period of 10 to 12 days is advised. Of course, the bigger the lips are, the more they are going to swell and bruise. As for older patients, their blood vessels are more fragile so they tend to bruise a little bit more than an average person; hence, the recommended recovery period for them is at least 12 days.
Results are noticeable in as early as 12 days, or once the swelling and bruising subside. There will be continuous improvements for up to 21 days. Two to three weeks after the surgery, what you see is what you get. The results last forever unless the implant shifts, or if the patient wants to have it replaced with bigger implants. If the patient notices that his or her lips are already getting thin even with the implants in place, the patient may opt to top it off with some lip fillers.
Since its inception, experts have developed various products and techniques to make a lip augmentation procedure more effective. But the success of the procedure still depends on the skill of the specialist who will perform it, and that skill stems from the years of experience the surgeon has with lip augmentation operations. Be sure to find a credible doctor if you are looking to undergo lip augmentation. Lip augmentation with implants can produce serious complications if the person performing it is inexperienced. Do not hesitate to ask about your specialist’s training and education.
Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team- AA
Based on an exclusive interview with Mike Majmundar, MD in Alpharetta , GA
» Medical office begins construction
8th June, 2015
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A 15,000-square-foot plastic surgeon’s office has begun construction on Haynes Bridge Road. Situated on 1.6 acres of land, the offices at 11681 Haynes Bridge Road will be three stories tall, with only two visible from the road. The basement will be visible from the rear. Based on plans submitted to Alpharetta, the office will belong to the practice of surgeon Mike Majmundar. It will feature 8 – 10 exam rooms and employ two doctors and six staff members. Majmundar specializes in plastic surgery for the face, head and neck.