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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Plan your abdominal rejuvenation before swimsuit season starts

After a very difficult wintery month of February, we’ve finally arrived in March with the anticipation of spring and nice weather to follow. During this time in East Tennessee, people are thinking of getting their boats and pools ready for enjoyment. Are you dreading the idea of putting on your bathing suit or, even worse, shopping for a new one, because you hate the way your stomach looks? Boost your self-confidence by calling The Lucas Center Plastic Surgery for a private consultation to improve or rejuvenate your abdomen.

Giving birth to children, weight loss or weight gain, or even previous surgeries on the belly can be a significant detriment to your appearance. Don’t fret. Take control of the situation. Come see me for a thorough evaluation of your problem areas. I’ll provide you with a detailed plan to address your particular situation.

If your problem is loose skin with poor elasticity then a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) may just be the right approach. The goal of this surgery is to remove the loose skin, tighten the abdominal wall to provide a tighter, sleeker appearance and remove excess fat at the same time. The initial recovery takes around two weeks, but you’ll need four to six weeks to be at your best again.

I’ve handpicked a dream team of warm, caring staff that will welcome you and walk you through the consultation without causing you to feel judged or intimidated. We understand how frightening it can be to come to a place and discuss what makes you feel uncomfortable and even get undressed and show a complete stranger your most-hated body parts. Trust us, nobody is perfect. Our goal is to ease your mind and provide you with a plan that will improve your look and your self-esteem in a proven fashion that is safe and effective.

So what are you waiting for? Call 865.218.6210 today or contact us online to get ready for summer!

Fat grafts and textured implants enhance breast augmentation

Dr. Lucas

I recently attended the 2015 Atlanta Breast Symposium sponsored by the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. This annual conference is the premier event for new products and technology specific to breast surgery. The symposium features live procedures, scientific paper presentations and follow-up exhibits from the previous year’s live surgeries. Each year, I spend time with industry colleagues exploring what’s on the horizon, so I can implement what’s immediately applicable to my practice.

Takeaways from the 2015 Symposium:

Surgeons are seeing increased efficacy and safety of simultaneous breast augmentation using implants with fat grafting. This composite augmentation of the breast yields both improved aesthetic outcomes as well as enhanced long-term results. Fantastic breast augmentation is created when there’s appropriate soft tissue coverage and support of the implant. I was already an advocate of fat grafting to revise existing implants. Going forward, I’ll offer implants with simultaneous fat grafting to my patients for an even more natural silhouette and better support.

Textured, shaped highly cohesive silicone gel implants were a hot topic at this year’s symposium. I was an early adopter of these breast devices and continue to expand their use on a case-by-case basis. They’ve proven to be very beneficial in providing optimal results in certain circumstances for both primary and revision surgeries in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures.

The debate over the use of smooth versus textured implants continues. Many surgeons prefer a smooth round silicone implant, because the experience with textured saline implants was not favorable. However, European surgeons have utilized textured silicone for many years with good success. My experience with the textured, shaped highly cohesive gel devices has been very rewarding. It’s my opinion that the texturing may benefit women who might be at risk for the implants drifting from their ideal position. Several papers were presented that support my clinical opinion.

The future is bright for women who choose breast augmentation or reconstruction after breast cancer. There are more options available than ever before to achieve your desired aesthetic. I look forward to discussing these exciting new techniques and products with you.

Call 865.281.6210 or visit thelucascenter.com to schedule your personal consultation.