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The Lucas Center Announces TLC Rewards Program to begin 3-1-2016

We are pleased to present our new TLC Loyalty Rewards Program. This program lets you earn TLC Reward Points that can be redeemed for any of our products and services.*

HOW DOES THE LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM WORK?

For each $1 spent on ancillary services and products, you will earn 1 Point. You can earn bonus points during promotions advertised in our emails, Facebook page or special events. Be on the lookout for these promotions and accumulate your Points faster. For a complete listing of point opportunities, please see our list below.

How can I earn points?

  • 1 TLC Point for every $1 spent on products, injectables and peels
  • 500 bonus TLC Points for scheduling cosmetic surgery
  • 500 bonus TLC Points for referring friends and family members who have cosmetic surgery or ancillary procedures (make sure the person you refer has your references you so we can add your points as required).
  • 500 bonus Points for purchasing gift certificates for friends and family valued at $400 and up
  • 100 bonus Points for attending our bi-annual events (Spring and Holiday)
  • TLC Points for special promotions will vary and will be specified with each special.
  • A minimum of 1000 TLC Points are required to redeem your rewards.
POINTS REWARD
1,000 $50.00
1,500 $75.00
2,000 $100.00
2,500 $125.00
3,500 $175.00

Remember to bring your card with you to our office so we can credit or redeem your points. Simply hand it to us any time you make a purchase. TLC Rewards do not expire and are not transferrable. TLC Reward cannot include any retroactive transactions and must be accumulated as a result of new purchases.

*Points are not redeemable for cash, may not be used for outstanding balances, and are accrued on pre-tax amounts. If a product is returned, any points accrued will be deducted. Points are not redeemable for gift card purchases. Points are not earned on dollar amounts for cosmetic surgery procedures. Points are not earned on any insurance procedures. The Lucas Center may, at its discretion, terminate or change the TLC Rewards Loyalty Program.

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Most commonly requested plastic surgery for men in my practice

In my practice the majority of my consultations and surgeries are on women. But over the past few years I have seen an increased demand of men requesting surgeries as well. Some of this may be related to baby boomers who have taken good care of themselves and desire to look as good as they feel. Other men don’t want their wives to look better than they do after they have been undergoing facial rejuvenation procedures so they request surgery as well.

1. Blepharoplasty: Eyelid rejuvenation
Just as women often show signs of aging around the eyes so do men. The phrase “the eyes are the window to the soul” may well be a true but I would also add the statement the “eyelids are the window treatments through which you see the soul.” Loose hanging furrowed skin, lateral brows that hang over the upper eyelids, and bulging fat pads below the eyelids with accentuated tear troughs put forth the image of fatigue and loss of vitality often resulting in friends and colleges asking if you are tired and are you getting enough sleep. Fortunately surgery to restore the upper eyelids to a crisp appearance with correction of any eyelid droop can be a game changer. The lower lids can be rejuvenated by removing excess fat with reposition this tissue over the cheek to eliminate the tear trough combined with skin and muscle tightening provide a fresh and vibrant appearance. This can be an important not only in social situations but also how a person is viewed in the workplace.

2. Neck lifts
Do you look in the mirror and say to yourself I hate this turkey neck? Is buying dress shirts getting more difficult to find that are comfortable with ties? Despite not gaining weight do you look heavier in the face? If the answer to all these questions is yes a consultation for a neck lift may well be a beneficial idea that is not just for vanity. Ideally a man should have a strong jaw line and a crisp chin neck junction. Having hanging skin with or without fat excess that obscures the jaw line certainly can put forth the image of premature aging of the individual beyond his chronologic age. A neck lift can be a valuable tool to restore your appearance and convey youth and energy without changing your overall appearance or giving an odd appearance. The surgery is very predictable in the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon and is an outpatient procedure with very little pain. Most people can be comfortable in social situation in two weeks.

3. Rhinoplasty (Nose surgery to reshape the appearance)
Proportionality is everything. If you are unhappy with the shape of the nose or how it blends with the rest of the face then request a plastic surgeon to perform a facial analysis of you. If the nose seems big maybe the lower face is out of place such as a small lower jaw or chin. Often times I will perform a chin augmentation with a rhinoplasty to provide a harmonious facial appearance. Nose surgery requires finesse and a keen understanding of the anatomy of the many subunits of the nose. The key is to provide shape without feminizing the male nose. This is also a rather easy surgery to recover from and the patient can return to work within a week usually.

4. Chin augmentation with or without an implant.
As mentioned above the facial subunits should all be proportionate to each other. If the lower jaw projection is limited by lack of growth it can portray a weaker jaw with less of a masculine appearance. By using the correct judgement a plastic surgeon can provide an enhanced projection with the combination of either an implant or repositioning of the bone in combination with liposuction of the jaw line to create a sculpted jaw which projects strength.

5. Liposuction of the abdomen and flanks
If you look in the mirror and the phrase “dad bod “screams out… liposuction maybe something to entertain. An important fact to remember is liposuction with its many variations is a contouring tool not a weight loss technique. I strongly encourage anyone who is considering body contouring should first consider diet and exercise first. If after some toning in the gym and normalized weight you are still unhappy with the shape of your body then liposuction may be a reasonable adjunct to improve the appearance. The abdominal area can be shaped as well as the flanks reduced to provide a sleeker frame. It’s a safe surgery that is easily recovered from and normally patients can return to work in a day or two. Final results take between six weeks and two months to observe the full effect of the reshaping.

6. Gynecomastia repair (Man boobs correction)
If you have excess fat and skin of the breast which can also affect the size and shape of the nipple-areolar complex this can project a very feminizing effect of the male chest. In my experience I have been very happy with the results of the combination of VASER liposuction (ultrasound assisted liposuction) with direct excision of any sub-areolar glandular elements with or without areolar reduction to achieve a masculine chest. This can be a very disturbing condition for a man of any age particularly in the teenage years. We see a bimodal distribution of people seeking treatment; those of the teenage years and men in their late forties and fifties who are seeking help to restore the loss of tone of the chest area.

Plastic surgery has continued to evolve in its perception ever since its creation after World War I. Aesthetic surgery was once viewed as taboo or something to hide because it was perceived to be too self-indulgent, now has become more common place and in the minds of many its presence is look upon as main stream. I think this evolution of societie’s views is related to the strong work of The American Society of Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to ensure that board certified plastic surgeon are well trained and perform safe and predictable surgeries that patients seek and desire with excellent outcomes. Also our population is living longer with better quality of life and people are remaining active and engaged and wish to look as good as they feel and are no longer shy about requesting procedure to keep them looking their best.

Enhance your confidence and self-esteem with chin-implant surgery

Chin blog
Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt that your lower face or jaw line seemed out of proportion with the rest of your face? Do your lower chin and neck look older than your chronologic age? Compared to others, does your nose appear to be overly prominent despite being otherwise attractive? Have you had braces previously to correct an underbite? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you may have an underdeveloped lower jaw and/or chin.

Symmetry matters. Our eyes and brain are trained to recognize symmetry and harmony of the face. If one part is out of alignment, our brain makes a subconscious decision that a face is less attractive. It may sound silly, but people who have corrected chin positions after surgery project more confidence without undergoing drastic changes to the face. In fact, patients who undergo a procedure to provide enhancement to the chin are often asked questions such as, “Did you lose weight?” or “Did you change your hairstyle?” The improvement is so subtle, people are unable to pinpoint exactly what you had done, only that you look better than ever.

Preview your results. During your consultation I’ll analyze your face and also have you undergo a Vectra 3D facial analysis that will allow you to see yourself from all angles and help you understand what I’m seeing. We can simulate very closely what surgery is best for you, and you can decide if you are happy with the results in advance of your procedure (no buyer’s remorse should ever happen).

Chin implant surgery is relatively painless. In most cases there is little pain. Your chin and lips may be temporarily numb after the procedure. You’ll wear a compression garment for a few weeks for two reasons: to control swelling and to enhance a tighter smoother neckline that can provide a more youthful appearance. Your treatment might include liposuction of the chin and upper neck.

If your chin is less prominent with respect to your upper jaw and nose, then a chin implant can provide excellent results. I use an implant material made of a very dense polymer that can be trimmed and adapted to the exact dimensions of your jaw; it’s attached to the bone with two tiny screws. This is vastly better than silicone gel implants that can’t be modified or stabilized and are only placed in a superficial plane around the chin, potentially causing erosion of the bone over time. Because of my background in craniofacial surgery, I’m very comfortable operating on the jaw.

You have options. If your chin is less prominent horizontally and is either too long or too short vertically, then shortening or elongating the bone is possible by cutting the lower part of the jaw and sliding the bone forward. This procedure is a little more involved than the implant surgery, but the recovery time is the same, and it is an outpatient procedure. Both surgeries are performed through a small incision at the bottom of the chin, and the scar is very inconspicuous with time.

Other options include making a more powerful looking lateral jaw line with angle/ body implants. This can be helpful for patients possessing a steep jaw angle with lack of lateral definition to the jaw line. In this situation an implant can be placed through the mouth to enhance the jaw angle and lateral jaw allowing a stronger appearance which males in particular desire.

There are many options for chin enhancement surgery. I look forward to finding the right treatment for your needs. Call 865.218.6210 today or go online to thelucascenter.com to schedule your consultation.

Sculptra Injections Can Reduce Facial Contours

Years of smiling and laughing can be great for your heart and mind, but not so great for your face. Deep nasolabial fold contour defenciencies (aka smile lines) begin forming for many in their late 20s and early 30s. Sculptra Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid to help replace lost collagen in that area of the face.

Sculptra

Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin looking youthful. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases and shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds will being to appear. These signs of aging can be reduced by Sculptra Aesthetic injections. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.

Dr. Lucas mainly uses Sculptra Aesthetic for patients who need volume replacement to zones of the face, not as a material to fill lines like the nasolabial fold or lips. Its advantage is the ability to add volume over time to enhance diminished or hollowed temples, to elevate and enhance the cheek area, to add shape and volume to the lower jaw line to reduce jowling, and to correct contour deformities from excessive fat loss.

Sculptra Aesthetic works to replace lost collagen in a series of treatments. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. However, this number varies by person.

If you have any questions about Sculptra injections, please contact The Lucas Center of Plastic Surgery at 865-218-6210 to set up a complimentary consultation.

Dr. Jay Lucas is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Knoxville, TN. He has experience performing a variety of cosmetic surgeries and his unique educational background at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical centers allows him to perform cutting edge plastic surgery procedures.