Targeting Wrinkles with Botox

Are lines and wrinkles around your eyes and between your brows making you look older than you feel? If so, then you could be the perfect candidate for Botox. This injectable wrinkle treatment delivers powerful results that can last for three to four months per treatment.

Botox works on dynamic wrinkles that appear as the result of muscle movement, such as when you squint your eyes or furrow your brows. When you get an injection, Botox reduces the movement of the muscles under your skin in the treatment areas, so that those wrinkles no longer appear. Treatment only takes 15 to 30 minutes, and results are apparent within five to seven days.

Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates offers Botox and several other non-surgical anti-aging treatments, including Kybella and Juvederm XC. Make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon today to learn more about getting Botox in Oklahoma City, OK. You can reach us by calling (405) 546-2702.

What to Expect Before and After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery is performed to remove excess skin and fat around the abdomen, when diet and exercise has failed to achieve the desired results. Tummy tucks are popular with moms after they give birth and with patients who have recently undergone a major weight loss or who simply have a genetic predisposition to excess abdominal skin and fat. If you decide with your cosmetic surgeon that a tummy tuck is right for you, here is what you can expect before and after the procedure.

Before the Surgery

Before your tummy tuck, your cosmetic surgeon will review your medical records with you and determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. Because tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia, it is important for your surgeon to review your medical history to see if you have any conditions that could make anesthesia unsafe for you.

Your cosmetic surgeon will also ensure that you are at a healthy weight and will ask questions about your future plans to lose weight or become pregnant. Since a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, it is best to have the surgery performed after you have reached your goal weight, as further weight loss after surgery could cause new loose skin. Likewise, pregnancy can re-stretch the skin, so your surgeon may recommend that you wait to have a tummy tuck until you are done having children.

After the Surgery

Most tummy tucks are performed as outpatient procedures, but some patients do require an overnight hospital stay. You will receive pain medication after surgery to manage your discomfort, and you will need to wear a compression garment until your surgeon says that it is no longer necessary. You will need to rest for approximately 48 hours before you start moving around. Generally, recovery takes about six weeks.

Could a tummy tuck be right for you? Make an appointment at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates to find out. During a consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons in Oklahoma City, OK, you can learn more about all of our procedures so you can determine which ones can help you reach your treatment goals. To book your appointment, call (405) 546-2702.

Get the Facts About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can be a devastating condition for men, but if it happens to you, you don’t have to accept it. A cosmetic surgeon can offer a surgical solution to the often uncomfortable and distressing condition.

Watch this video to learn more about gynecomastia. Men with this condition experience excessive breast tissue growth, often during puberty. Through cosmetic surgery, this tissue can be removed, making the chest flatter.

At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, our cosmetic surgeons in Oklahoma City, OK offer a comprehensive range of surgical services, from surgery for gynecomastia to rhinoplasty and breast augmentation. To arrange an appointment, please call (405) 546-2702.

FAQs About Breast Augmentation

If you are unhappy with the shape or size of your breasts, then breast augmentation could be right for you. During breast augmentation surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will use implants to change the shape of your breasts or enhance the size. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, the first step is to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate. Here are the answers to some questions that are likely to be on your mind.

Who is a good candidate for a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentations are popular procedures and have a long track record of safety. Most women who want to change the size or shape of their breasts can have the surgery. Before your procedure, your surgeon will perform an exam and medical history to make sure you don’t have any issues that could interfere with the surgery or your recovery.

If you want to change the position of your breasts, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend a breast lift instead of an augmentation. For women who are displeased with both the size and position of their breasts, it may be possible to combine an augmentation and lift into a single procedure.

What kinds of implants are used during an augmentation?

Breast implants are silicone or saline. Silicone implants are the most popular choice, because many women find them to be more natural. They are available in a number of different sizes and shapes. Saline implants are filled with salt water. Women like these implants because they are affordable, but in some cases, the implants will ripple if the skin around the breasts is thin. Your cosmetic surgeon will help you select the right type of implant for you.

What size will I be after surgery?

Your cosmetic surgeon will help you select the right size for your frame and your treatment goals. You can use trial implants placed in a bra to see how different sizes would look on your body.

Find out how a breast augmentation in Oklahoma City, OK could increase your confidence and make you feel better about your body by scheduling a consultation with Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates. Contact our office today at (405) 546-2702.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?

The nose you’re born with might not be the one you want, but there’s a solution for that. A nose reshaping procedure is called a rhinoplasty. During this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon can enlarge or reduce the nose. He or she can also sculpt the nose tip and bridge to meet your aesthetic preferences. Only a qualified cosmetic surgeon can tell you if you’re a good candidate for a rhinoplasty, but keep reading for some general criteria.

General Health

Any sort of elective procedure, such as cosmetic surgery, requires that patients be in good overall health. Your surgeon will need to know your full medical history, including whether you have any chronic medical conditions like heart disease or diabetes. If you become ill shortly before the scheduled procedure, call the office, as you may need to reschedule. The surgeon should also know about all of the medications and supplements you may be taking. Some of these might need to be discontinued prior to the surgery. Additionally, candidates for a rhinoplasty should not be pregnant or breastfeeding, and they should not be smokers. This is because smoking increases the risk of:

  • Complications during surgery
  • Adverse reactions to the anesthesia
  • Poor wound healing/prolonged recovery
  • Post-surgical infections

Aesthetic Goals

Good candidates for rhinoplasty are those who desire cosmetic changes that are achievable with the surgery. These aesthetic goals might include adjusting any of the following:

  • Nasal asymmetry
  • Wide or upturned nostrils
  • Visible bumps or depressions on the bridge
  • Enlarged, hooked, upturned, or bulbous nose tip

Medical Needs

Rhinoplasties aren’t always performed solely for aesthetic reasons. This surgery might be right for you if it can correct a medical problem that causes difficulty breathing, such as birth defects, traumatic injuries, chronic sinus problems, or a deviated septum.

Rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty are some of our specialties here at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates. Even if you aren’t sure whether cosmetic surgery is right for you, we invite you to schedule a rhinoplasty consult in Oklahoma City, OK to discuss the procedure and find out if you’re a good candidate. Call (405) 546-2702.

Comparing Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Procedures

Surgical enhancements of the breasts are among the most popular types of cosmetic surgeries, particularly among women who are planning a mommy makeover. Before you make treatment decisions with the help of your surgeon, you should know the differences between breast augmentation and breast lift procedures.

Reasons for the Procedures

Breast augmentation and lift surgeries accomplish two different, but related goals. An augmentation involves increasing the volume or size of the breasts. It can also restore a round shape, or improve existing breast asymmetry. A breast lift, or mastopexy, does not add volume or size, and it doesn’t enhance the round shape of the upper portion of the breast. It only elevates the breasts to create a more youthful profile. In some cases, the surgeon may also reduce the size of the areola during a lift procedure. Women who wish to accomplish both types of aesthetic goals may consider having both procedures done at the same time.

Candidates for the Procedures

Cosmetic surgeons carefully evaluate each patient to determine if she’s a candidate for cosmetic surgery. For either type of surgery, patients should:

  • Meet any minimum age requirements
  • Have breasts that are fully developed
  • Be in good overall health
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Have reasonable expectations for the outcome
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding

In addition, a surgeon will assess the patient’s aesthetic concerns and preferences, and develop a corresponding treatment plan. A woman may be a good candidate for a breast lift if she:

  • Is dissatisfied with the droopiness or sagging of the breasts
  • Has elongated breasts
  • Has nipples that fall below the breast crease when not supported
  • Has nipples and areolas that point toward the floor
  • Has enlarged areolas and stretched skin

A woman may be a good candidate for a breast augmentation if she:

  • Is unhappy with the current size of her breasts
  • Has lost breast volume or shape because of pregnancy or dramatic weight loss
  • Has asymmetrical breasts
  • Is dissatisfied with the shape or volume of the upper part of the breasts

Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates is on a mission to give our patients the artistic results they want with the personalized, attentive service they deserve. Our cosmetic surgeons routinely perform breast lifts and breast augmentations in our Oklahoma City, OK facility, along with combined procedures. Call (405) 546-2702 to request a consult today.

Recognizing the Early Signs of Skin Aging

Unprotected sun exposure is perhaps the most significant risk factor of premature skin aging. It’s important to protect your skin with sunscreen every day, but even if you already see the signs of aging, a cosmetic surgeon can help you achieve total facial rejuvenation. Watch this video to hear about the typical progression of skin aging.

It features a dermatologist, who explains that people in their 20s and 30s can begin noticing fine lines, especially around the eyes, along with uneven skin tone, rougher skin texture, and a dull appearance. As time passes, the signs of aging become more pronounced, such as noticeable facial sagging, deeper lines and wrinkles around the mouth and across the forehead, and areas of pigmentation.

Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates is known for our exceptional surgical results, but we also offer a full suite of nonsurgical, anti-aging facial treatments. Call (405) 546-2702, and discuss your goals for a total facial rejuvenation in Oklahoma City, OK.

Get to Know Dr. Erik J. Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin

Here at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, our warm and welcoming ambience is supported by our friendly staff members. At your consult, you may meet Dr. Erik J. Nuveen or Dr. Courtney Caplin. Courtney Caplin, MD, DMD, brings unique qualifications to our busy practice. She holds medical and dental degrees, and has completed advances sub-specialized fellowship training in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. Dr. Caplin is committed to giving back to the global community. She has volunteered her sterling technical skills to correct cleft lip and palate defects in patients living in developing countries.

Dr. Erik Nuveen is the founder and president of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates. Dr. Nuveen holds the distinction of being Oklahoma City’s only cosmetic surgeon to hold three separate board certifications. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Nuveen has performed more than 14,000 major cosmetic surgeries, and he has received numerous professional awards and recognitions during his distinguished career of more than 15 years. He has never practiced any other form of medicine but cosmetic surgery. His focus and dedication make him unique. He prides himself in taking the greatest joy from good communication with his patients and trying to best understand the patient’s uniqueness in achieving their goals through cosmetic surgery.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nuveen or Dr. Caplin, you can call Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates at (405) 546-2702. We are pleased to offer dozens of cosmetic surgery options in Oklahoma City, OK.

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