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b2ap3_thumbnail_breast-feeding1.jpgHave you ever considered breast implants, but held off because you hoped to breastfeed your baby someday? Have you already gotten implants, but aren’t sure if breastfeeding is safe- or even possible? A recent study may offer some hope to patients considering nursing with implants. We asked plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell for some clarification.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ear-guage.jpgIf you’ve ever seen an earlobe piercing with an enlarged opening and a large silver hoop lining the inside of that opening, then you’ve seen the trendy piercing known as a "flesh tunnel." Though flesh tunnels are becoming increasingly popular today, they date back to ancient times, where they were used as a sign of wealth and status in tribes throughout Asia and Africa.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sunscreen.jpgIt wasn’t all that long ago that tanning was thought to be safe, and having a tan was described as having a ‘healthy glow.’  Nowadays, we know how dangerous tanning is (yes, even in tanning beds!), and for the most part, American’s have swapped their bottles of tanning oil for SPF 15.  But did you know that the harmful UV rays that make tanning so dangerous are present year-round- even on the coldest or cloudiest of days? In fact, it only takes about 15 minutes of sun exposure to get a sunburn. That’s about how long it takes to take your dog for a walk, and eleven minutes less than the average American’s commute to work! Don’t think because you’re in your car you’re, safe, either- you can easily get a sunburn driving, even with the windows up!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sad-woman.jpgFor many patients, cosmetic surgery is something they’ve looked forward to for years. Whether they’re removing a much-despised bump in the nose, want larger breasts, or are ready for a full facelift, cosmetic procedures offer patients hope that they can finally look on the outside the way they feel on the inside. But many patients are surprised when, following their procedure, they are left feeling hopeless and depressed. Post-surgical depression is real, and it happens more often than you might think. Learn the triggers of this type of depression, the warning signs to look for following your procedure, and what to do if you think you are experiencing post-surgical depression.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_birthday-cake.jpgRecent data from two unrelated studies have revealed that the age of patients receiving cosmetic procedures is decreasing as the popularity of these procedures is increasing. Available for cosmetic use since 2002, Botox injections have long been marketed to women between the ages of 45 to 54. Not surprisingly, that marketing is working, with a full 60% of patients fall into the 45-54 age group. However, surprising new data has revealed that the facial plastic surgery category is undergoing a bit of a facelift of its own, as more women in their 40’s have begun to abandon the old standbys of Botox and fillers in favor of surgical procedures like facelifts. Even more surprising? Fillers and Botox sales aren’t suffering any losses due to this exodus because a new crop of women in their 20’s and 30’s are turning to injectables to stave off the aging process.

b2ap3_thumbnail_gummy2.jpgBreast implant surgery is the number one plastic surgery procedure in the US year after year. But while this procedure is popular with patients from all walks of life, one size fits all definitely does not apply. Today, there are more implant options than ever before- but more options aren’t always better. We spoke to plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV about the differences in breast implants- and how those differences really affect your results.

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If you are considering plastic surgery, you’ve likely got a long list of questions for your surgeon- but there are a few you should be asking yourself, too. If you think you’re ready to take the plunge and get that cosmetic procedure you’ve been dreaming of, Dr. Ryan Mitchell wants to know- have you asked yourself these questions:

Why do you want plastic surgery?

Seems like a pretty obvious question, right? But it’s the first question you should be asking yourself when considering any procedure. You know which procedure you’re considering, but do you know WHY you want it? Do you truly believe your breast size is ‘too small?’ Do you think your confidence would improve if you removed the bump in your nose? Or, is someone else telling you that you’d be more attractive if you’d make these improvements. Your surgical outcome will only be as positive as you make it. If you are being pressured into surgery and it’s not what you actually want, you will most likely not be happy with the results. If you think fixing your problem areas is a magic cure for your problems, you are setting yourself up for unrealistic results- and potentially a big letdown. Ultimately, knowing why you want surgery is just as important as knowing where you want surgery- and genuinely wanting it for the right reasons makes all the difference.

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More Americans Getting Belly Button Surgery

If you’re one of the 4% of people with an "outie" belly button, you’re a rarity. But if that distinction isn’t exactly something you’re proud of, there’s help! Did you know there’s a plastic surgery procedure called an "umbilicoplasty" that can actually transform your outie to an "innie?" Dr. Ryan Mitchell discusses the ‘in’s and out’s’ of correcting your belly button.

Though genetics can play a role in whether you have an innie or outie belly button, you’re not actually born with your belly button. That’s because it’s created when your umbilical cord detaches and falls off your body- making your belly button essentially a scar. Besides genetics, there are a few other factors that can determine whether a belly button is convex or concave- the after-care of your umbilical cord is one, and the presence of an umbilical hernia is another. In some cases, a person can be born with an innie, and it pops out later due to weight gain or pregnancy. Unfortunately, once your belly button becomes an outie, it won’t ‘go back in’ on its own.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ecig.jpgBefore you undergo any surgical procedure, your doctor will no doubt give you a list of pre-op instructions that you must follow for a successful surgical outcome. You may be required to do things like fast for 12 hours prior to surgery, stop taking certain medications, and if you’re a smoker, stop smoking cigarettes for at least four weeks prior to your surgical procedure. The reason patients are asked to stop smoking is because the nicotine found in cigarettes has been found to restrict blood flow, endangering the healing process. But while E-cigarettes have been touted as the safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, new research published in the December issue of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons official medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has found that smoking e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ may have the same negative effects on healing as traditional cigarettes. We spoke to Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV about these new guidelines.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_yogachick.jpgThe tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States each year. For most tummy tuck patients, the decision to go under the knife is usually motivated by the desire to improve their appearance. While the aesthetic benefits of the procedure, like improved appearance and reduction in the waistline, are already pretty well known, having a tummy tuck can also provide significant medical benefits, too. These medical benefits often aren't mentioned, but there’s no reason why you can’t kill two birds with one stone, right? Tummy tucks are a very popular procedure performed by Dr. Mitchell each year.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Millennials.jpgWith the rise of social media networks like Instagram and Snapchat, more and more millennials are sharing intimate details of their lives through photography on social media. Surprisingly, some of those details include their plastic surgery. We spoke to Dr. Ryan Mitchell a plastic surgeon from Henderson, NV about this rising trend- and what it might mean for plastic surgery’s image.

With popular plastic surgery themed TV shows like "Botched" and popular celebrities posting photos of their enhanced faces and bodies to millions of followers, it was only a matter of time before non-celebrities started following suit. Posting before and after shots of themselves, sharing waiting or exam room ‘selfies,' and even ‘during’ shots for some minimally invasive procedures. Plastic surgeons like Mitchell believe that these social media posts are actually helping to normalize plastic surgery- a topic that used to be taboo in years past.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3dprinter.jpgOne of the things patients considering plastic surgery are most nervous about besides the surgery itself is the results they’ll achieve from their surgery. If you’re used to looking in the mirror and seeing the same person every day, it’s difficult to envision yourself looking different than what you’ve seen your entire life. But while computer programs have been designed to give patients a preview of what they can expect from their surgery, wouldn’t it be nice to not just see the results, but touch them and look at them in three-dimensional form? While in the past it would have been bothtime and cost prohibitive for surgeons to hand create 3D models of each patient’s anticipated results, a new technology called 3D printing is changing that. We spoke to Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV about what the future of plastic surgery will look like.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_open-eyes-girl-green.jpgIt is a story we hear over and over again among friends. That feature-packed new phone with the improved HD camera sounded great – until you used it to take a "selfie" and realized just how heavy your eyelids have become, or how deep the "crow’s feet" around your eyes have gotten. Just like the HD video camera created a world of new insecurities for TV personalities everywhere, so too will the HD smartphone camera on your new phone.

But don’t fret- it causes wrinkles! Besides, there are some quick, temporary fixes to these insecurities- as well as some not as quick but permanent fixes, too. We spoke to plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Contours & Curves in Henderson, NV about some options.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_weightscalejpg.jpgLosing weight is supposed to be a time of celebration and relief. The hours you've spent exercising, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, the donuts you avoided in the breakroom, and cutting down those glasses of wine in the evening, it's all hard work! What should be a time to be proud of your hard work can often become filled with frustration and insecurity. Gaining and losing weight are both emotional journeys. Motivation to lose weight may stem from the desire to live a longer and healthier life. But let's face it, we want to look good too! We spoke to Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, NV about the best ways to embrace your post-weight loss body.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_middle-age-man-iphone.jpgPlastic surgery has long been thought to be ‘a woman thing,’ with most procedures marketed to and geared towards women. Men, on the other hand, have always been encouraged to ‘grow old gracefully’ and accept the way they look. Adjectives like ‘ruggedly handsome’ and ‘weathered’ are meant as compliments- but more men than ever before aren’t feeling so flattered, and are kicking those dated ideals to the curb.

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Latest Version

This fall, when an estimated 2 million new freshman enters college for the first time, they are creating a new wave of ‘empty nesters,’ aka, parents whose children have finally moved out of the home. Many of these empty nesters have dedicated much of the past 18 years to taking care of their children- very often at the expense of taking care of themselves. It is common knowledge in the parenting communities that self-neglect is a widespread issue. Between their careers, shuffling children to extracurricular activities, helping with homework, and keeping together a home, most parents only want to sleep in their "free" time. It's no surprise that self-care and pampering fall to the bottom of the priority list. While some of these newly child-free parents have embraced this newfound freedom by picking up hobbies or remodeling their child’s vacant bedroom, more and more parents are taking on a different kind of remodeling project- themselves.

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In American English, we have so many expressions that use the human nose as their object.  Follow your nose.  That girl is nothing but a nosy gossip queen.  He cut off his nose to spite his face.  I nosed my car out into the intersection.  She won the race by a nose.  Can’t see past the end of your nose.  It’s no wonder that so many people look in the mirror with concern for the appearance of their noses.  Dr. Ryan Mitchell at Contours and Curves can help.

Rhinoplasty is typically a simple 1-2 hour outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia.  It can be performed to make alterations to the size and shape of one’s note, smooth out bumps in the bone and cartilage that form the bridge of the nose and septum.  It can also correct cosmetic and structural defects from birth, injury and age.

 Depending on the type of cosmetic defect a patient wishes to address, the surgery may be an open or closed surgical technique.  Both techniques have been practiced and evolving since as early as 500 B.C. in both Western and Asian Medicine, and thus, are well studied and considered safe.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits, some patients experience improved nasal breathing, correction of a deviated septum or blocked airway.  Correction of a deviated septum could alleviate problems with sleep apnea.  On occasion, Dr. Mitchell may partner with a patient’s ENT surgeon to ensure cosmetic appearances are preserved while tackling more extensive functional problems involving the nose and sinuses.

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Many men and women reach a certain age or come up on certain life events that make them want to have the rejuvenating appearance of a face or neck lift but find the time and expense related to procedure and recovery is a bigger commitment than they want to make.  At Contours and Curves, we offer a mini facelift procedure that can firm and tighten loose skin below the ear along the jawline and neck.

We make a small incision strategically either in front of or behind the ear and tighten and reposition the muscles and then close with sutures.  Because the procedure is simple and noninvasive, it can be performed as an outpatient procedure in our office with only a local anesthetic.  It is recommended that patients pre-arrange a ride home on the day of the procedure because it is common to feel drowsy or fall asleep during the placement of sutures.

The procedure requires less downtime for recovery and is less costly.

The important factor in having a positive cosmetic surgery procedure is having a thorough conversation with your doctor to make sure that both doctor and patient have accurate and realistic expectations.  A mini facelift is an affordable and efficient procedure, but it is common for the initial results to fade and require additional work over the course of 2-3 years.

To discuss if a regular or mini facelift is right for you, please contact our office at (702) 430-1198.

Eyelid surgery is among the hallmarks of my practice.   My patients can rest assured that they are in experienced hands and that their results will reflect that benefit.  Since an eyelid lift usually is one of the first cosmetic surgery procedures a person will choose, I think it’s important for the patient to know their surgeon is very experienced in doing the procedure.

The eyes are one of the first places that signs of aging can crop up.   The skin in thin in that area and is prone to losing elasticity or collagen.  This brings out lines as the skin folds.  Since the eyes are such a prominent feature, any signs of aging there are noticeable.  That youthful person in the mirror you have seen all your life begins to look slightly older.  Many people, particularly women, want to act when they see those visible signs of aging.

This is why Botox™ Cosmetic is such a common first foray into the world of cosmetic enhancement.  That injectable eliminates smile lines around the eyes.  An eyelid lift takes away the puffy tissue, sagging skin and bags or circles around the eye.  On a much more effective scale, an eyelid lift restores a youthful look to the upper face and eyes.

In an upper eyelid lift procedure, the proper amounts of skin, muscle and fat are removed to display a firm, more youthful appearance.   In a lower eyelid lift, lower eyelid bad and puffiness are reduced and some skin is removed to create the desired effect.  These procedures are surgery so there are scars.  But those scars are hidden in the naturally occurring creases of the eyelid, so they are virtually invisible.

Do you look in the mirror and see a slightly aged version of yourself?  Do you see it in your eyes?  If you do, I am here to help you understand your options for eyelid surgery. 

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Fat transfer is growing in popularity as a way of adding youthful volume to the face.  Typically performed on the mid-face, cheeks or around the nose and mouth where lines commonly occur, fat transfers can now be included as an added feature that lengthens the results.  Autologous fat stem cell transfer is the answer to longer lasting results for fat transfer patients.

Typically in a fat transfer procedure, as much as 40% of the fat cells transferred do not survive.  The transferred cells die and are reabsorbed safely by the body.  Adult stem cells added to the fat transfer drastically improve the survival rate of transferred fat cells. The stem cells build new pathways for blood to reach the transferred fat, increasing its chance of survival.  In addition, the adult stem cells turn into fat cells further adding to the volumizing effect of the transfer.

Adult stem cells are found in high concentration in fat, particularly abdominal fat.  In a fat transfer procedure, adding adult stem cells to the transferred fat can mean receiving the desired result after only one treatment.  As we have seen better results from autologous fat transfer, processes have improved to maximize the addition of adult stem cells.  In a leading edge procedure, fat is removed from the patient and sent to an outside processing facility.   Once there, a process to isolate and remove the maximum amount of adult stem cells is performed.  Those adult stem cells then are added back to the patient’s fat to enrich the transfer.  This more viable fat transfer is more effective in becoming a permanent result.

If you have questions about reducing wrinkles with fat transfer or about how autologous fat transfer works, please contact us today at 702-430-1198. 

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