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More opt to holiday shop at the doctor's office

Santa is leaving attractive gifts in some Arizona stockings this season: rhinoplasties, breast implants, tummy tucks and facelifts, just to name a few. Plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments are topping holiday lists, making this a busy time not just for Old Saint Nick but for local plastic surgeons. This year, both men and women are splurging on plastic surgery procedures for themselves as part of their holiday shopping.

“Many people use the holiday season as a time to treat themselves to a procedure for several reasons,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a Scottsdale-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic. “End-of-year bonuses, paid time off, unused vacation time, and a desire to do something for themselves all motivate people to have plastic surgery around the holidays,” he said. Dr. Shapiro says the trend towards splurging on surgery isn’t just for women, more men are asking Santa for nips and tucks and purchasing surgery and skin care vouchers as gifts.

Shelsi Guthrie is a patient of Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic who treated herself to a rhinoplasty this Christmas season. She opted for the procedure early in December so that she could debut her new look at family gatherings and on New Years. “Having my nose done is something I dreamed about doing for myself for years,” Guthrie said. “This year, I made giving myself this gift a priority and had the procedure done,” she said.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States 2012 with the most popular procedures being Breast Augmentation, Nose Reshaping, Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction and Facelifts. More than 30% of the plastic surgery procedures preformed in the United States last year were performed in the Western Region of the country, an area that includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii. According to the Society’s annual report, Americans spent about $11 billion on plastic surgery procedures last year.

More people will find gift certificates for plastic surgery, Botox and skincare under the tree this year, too. “People are asking their significant others, friends and even parents for cosmetically-oriented gifts,” Dr. Shapiro said. “Who wants another pair of socks when you can ask for Botox injections and look your best?” he said.

One thing is to be certain before purchasing a plastic surgery gift certificate for a gift, Dr. Shapiro says. “Only purchase a plastic surgery or Botox gift certificate for someone else if they ask for it,” he says. “What might be intended as a kind and geneous gift could be misconstrued by someone who doesn’t feel they need the procedure,” he says.

“If someone close to you wants a plastic surgery procedure or Botox, they’ll tell you,” he said.

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More opt to holiday shop at the doctor's office

Santa is leaving attractive gifts in some Arizona stockings this season: rhinoplasties, breast implants, tummy tucks and facelifts, just to name a few. Plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments are topping holiday lists, making this a busy time not just for Old Saint Nick but for local plastic surgeons. This year, both men and women are splurging on plastic surgery procedures for themselves as part of their holiday shopping.

“Many people use the holiday season as a time to treat themselves to a procedure for several reasons,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a Scottsdale-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic. “End-of-year bonuses, paid time off, unused vacation time, and a desire to do something for themselves all motivate people to have plastic surgery around the holidays,” he said. Dr. Shapiro says the trend towards splurging on surgery isn’t just for women, more men are asking Santa for nips and tucks and purchasing surgery and skin care vouchers as gifts.

Shelsi Guthrie is a patient of Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic who treated herself to a rhinoplasty this Christmas season. She opted for the procedure early in December so that she could debut her new look at family gatherings and on New Years. “Having my nose done is something I dreamed about doing for myself for years,” Guthrie said. “This year, I made giving myself this gift a priority and had the procedure done,” she said.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 14.6 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States 2012 with the most popular procedures being Breast Augmentation, Nose Reshaping, Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction and Facelifts. More than 30% of the plastic surgery procedures preformed in the United States last year were performed in the Western Region of the country, an area that includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii. According to the Society’s annual report, Americans spent about $11 billion on plastic surgery procedures last year.

More people will find gift certificates for plastic surgery, Botox and skincare under the tree this year, too. “People are asking their significant others, friends and even parents for cosmetically-oriented gifts,” Dr. Shapiro said. “Who wants another pair of socks when you can ask for Botox injections and look your best?” he said.

One thing is to be certain before purchasing a plastic surgery gift certificate for a gift, Dr. Shapiro says. “Only purchase a plastic surgery or Botox gift certificate for someone else if they ask for it,” he says. “What might be intended as a kind and geneous gift could be misconstrued by someone who doesn’t feel they need the procedure,” he says.

“If someone close to you wants a plastic surgery procedure or Botox, they’ll tell you,” he said.

Tummy Tucks Tips - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Tummy Tucks Tips: What You Need To Know

Thinking about getting a tummy tuck? Here’s what you need to know about tummy tucks as well as some tummy tucks tips.

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

Step 4 – See the results

Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. But within a week or two, you should be standing tall with a new. slimmer profile.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Tummy Tucks Tips

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, make sure you’re prepared for both pre- and post-surgery. We asked Dr. Sumer Daiza, double board-certified plastic surgeon and owner of the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale what tummy tuck clients should ask their doctors before a tummy tuck, as well as what they need to know post-tummy tuck.

Here’s what Dr. Daiza had to say:

Top 5 questions to ask before a tummy tuck:

1. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
2. How many tummy tuck surgeries have you completed?
3. Do you have hospital privileges to perform tummy tucks?
4. Can I see your “before and after” photos?
5. When can I get back to my normal routine?

Top 5 things one must do post-tummy tuck:

1. Adhere to recovery instructions from your doctor.
2. Be prepared for post-operation pain.
3. Have the appropriate help arranged during your recovery period.
4. Be aware of the risks and complications of your tummy tuck.
5. Long term: Continue to maintain diet and exercise regiment.

For more information about tummy tucks, visit scottsdalebody.com or call (480) 585-0011.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Tummy Tucks Surgery - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

The Skinny On Tummy Tucks

With three different procedures available, local surgeons discuss everything you need to know about tummy tucks

Post-pregnancy mommies and extreme weight loss patients love it when they reach their goal weight because it’s the moment when they realize that all their hard work paid off.

Their goal has been realized.

What they don’t love, though, is the loose, sagging skin that significant weight loss can leave behind. Even though most of the belly is gone, the stubborn skin that dangles around the waist often sticks around, no matter how many times or how intense they work the core.

This is why many people looking to get rid of that little bit extra are turning to abdominoplasty plastic surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, to reshape their abs and get their rockin’ core back. More than 144,000 tummy tucks were performed in 2010, making it the 4th most popular cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

There are three common types of tummy tuck surgeries: the mini, the traditional, and the extended tummy tuck.

Traditional Tummy Tucks

The traditional, or full tummy tuck, targets the entire abdominal area, both above and below the belly button.

Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time as a tradition tummy tuck to improve contouring and provide better cosmetic results. The traditional tummy tuck is most commonly performed on post-pregnancy or weight-loss patients to reshape the entire abdominal area, says Dr. John Williams of John Williams MD Plastic Surgery in North Scottsdale.

Mini Tummy Tucks

The mini tummy tuck targets the area below the belly button — the lower abdomen.

It is mainly targeted for a “very specific patient” that has some excess skin below the belly button, according to Dr. Williams, an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon for more than 15 years.

Extended Tummy Tucks

The extended abdominoplasty covers the entire abdominal area, improving the waist and smoothing the shape of the upper lateral thigh as well.

An extended tummy tuck is a more extensive procedure that is often used for extreme weight loss patients because this procedure reshapes the abdominal area as well as the waist and the upper lateral thigh areas in many cases, says Williams.

Current Trends

Valley doctors are finding that many abdominoplasty patients are now opting for combination procedures, where they get an abdominoplasty and another surgery — such as breast augmentation  —  performed simultaneously to save money and share downtime for the procedures.

One way this is gaining popularity is with the “Mommy Makeovers” for post-pregnancy women.

According to Scottsdale double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sumer Daiza, who owns the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, the Mommy Makeover series of body contouring procedures is currently the most popular cosmetic surgery package.

The Mommy Makeover includes a package of cosmetic surgeries that address areas that pregnancy can impact, including the abdomen and breasts.

“(The Mommy Makeover) is popular with my patients because they have multiple surgeries done at one time,” says Daiza, who has been practicing for nine years.

Daiza’s Mommy Makeover patients often end up getting tummy tucks and breast augmentation at once to lessen the cost of anesthesia fees. Also, multiple surgeries at one time means only one period of recovery time for busy moms who are looking to get their pre-baby bodies back, she says.

Williams says that his take on the Mommy Makeover, the Total Body Rejuvenation, is also very popular with his patients. This typically includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and some liposuction.

Another popular option that Williams offers is his high-lateral-tension tummy tuck.

“My high-lateral -tension tummy tuck is very popular because it creates much more tension to really define the abdominal muscles,” Williams says. “I am one of the only ones in the Valley doing this.”

Downtime and Risks

As with any surgical procedure, certain risks or potential complications are possible with an abdominoplasty. Some of the risks associated with tummy tuck procedures include blood clots, infection and anesthesia risks, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Both Daiza and Williams agree that the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety is to research the doctor you want to perform your surgery.

“The plastic surgeon should be board certified,” Williams says.

Daiza suggests using the resources available to patients, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website, www.plasticsurgery.org, to check out potential doctors. It is important for the doctor to have the proper credentials.

She also suggests you ask the doctor about their hospital privileges for tummy tuck procedures.

“The key is it is all about educating yourself,” Williams says. “Potential patients have to do their homework.”

For more information about tummy tucks:

Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale
18325 N. Allied Way, Phoenix
(480) 585-0011
scottsdalebody.com

John Williams MD Plastic Surgery
9377 E. Bell Road
(480) 502-5755
johnwilliamsmd.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011