Look Great and FEEL Great this August

Giving is Gorgeous in Raleigh NCOur team had a lot of fun tying in our favorite charity with a special for our patients this August.  With the upcoming GetHeeled 5K family friendly event in Chapel Hill we help sponsor in September, we need your help in reaching our $1000 goal!  Your $25 registration fee not only registers you for the Fun Run September 14th, but it gets you $10/unit Botox all month at Davis Plastic Surgery.  And if you receive at least 30 units – you also get a free box of Latisse!

  • Follow this LINK to get started. 
  • Choose the $30 5K adult registration and use Promo Code Davis13 to make it $25. 
  • Fill out all your registration information and be sure to select our team (Davis Plastic Prancers) to join! 
  • Call our office to make your Botox appointment with Andrea!

Thank you for supporting us in raising money for the UNC Lineberger kids cancer center in Chapel Hill.  We assure you it’s a fantastic cause for local children battling this life threatening disease. We also hope you can join us on September 14th for this heart warming local event!

UNC Lineberger Pediatric Oncology

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Questions & Answers from Dr. Glenn Davis

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The most commonly performed procedure Dr. Davis performs is breast augmentation.  We asked Dr. Davis to answer the most commonly asked questions about implant options, recovery and augmentation in general.

 What are the differences between saline and silicone implants?

 

There are differences between the saline and gel but one is not better than the other – the question is which is better for you.  There is no difference in the appearance.  Your breast should look natural with either implant.  The major difference is the detection of a leak in the implant.  It is obvious in a saline implant that a leak has occurred as the volume of your breast will deflate over several days.  Your body will readily absorb the saline solution.  The gel implant on the other hand is not absorbed by the body and there is no change in their look and feel if they should leak.  All gel implants are ‘cohesive gel’ or ‘gummy bear’ implants.  There is no known disease caused by silicone gel in the body.   

In consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will discuss at length such topics as size, approach and incision, as well as all pros and cons of breast implant surgery.

 

How long does this surgery typically take?

 

The time from beginning to end of surgery is usually about an hour.

 

What is the recovery period?

 

There is some discomfort for three to five days.  You should be able to resume your normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable and most people take a week off work. It is not uncommon for someone to have surgery on Thursday and be back to work on Monday.

 

Where will the incision be and how big is it?

 

We offer three choices:

1.  the fold beneath the breast    

2.  the lower curve of the nipple/areola    

3.  the top of the arm pit

There are pros and cons to each and there is no difference in healing, costs, recovery, or complications.  The length of the incision will depend on your choice of saline (one inch) or gel (two inches).

 

Can I breast feed after breast augmentation?

 

If you have breast fed successfully, you should be able to breast feed afterwards.  There is no mechanical reason to prevent breast feeding with any of the techniques or incisions offered.

 

How often will I have to replace the implants?

 

The manufacturers have a life time replacement for the implants should they fail.  There is no cost for the implants but an operation to remove the leaking implant and place the new one will involve some costs.  They should last at least ten years and hopefully many years beyond this.  Replacement is needed only when they leak if that should occur.

 

How do I know if I need a lift or implants?

 

In consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will discuss your expectations and desires. A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape the sagging breast, determined by the skin.  If a larger volume or cup size is desired the implant will augment your existing breast tissue and fat.  An implant will not change shape and a lift will not change size.  Sometimes both a lift and implants are done at the same time to increase firmness and size.

 

Where is the surgery done?

 

Almost all our patients choose to have their procedures in our AAAASF accredited office surgery facility. We also offer outpatient surgery at any hospital in Raleigh or Cary. 

 

What type of anesthesia is used?

 

We recommend a general anesthesia with a board certified MD anesthesiologist.

 

How can I determine what size I would like to be?

 

There is no reliable measurement of breast size.  You need to not focus upon bra sizes because they will vary from manufacturer to style to personal comfort for fit.  The cup size of a 36 C is very different from the cup size of a 34 C although they are both “C” cups.  One woman may find a 34 B comfortable while another woman with the same size breast may prefer a 34 C or 36 B.  It does not matter what size bra you wear.  It does matter what you want to look like.  While some surgeons find it helpful to have you try some sizes of implants in a bra, I find it best for you to show me with a photograph (topless in a sitting position) what you would like to ideally look like.  I then use that photograph as a guide at the time of surgery.  I will try different sizes to get the look we are trying to match.  Remember that this is the artistic part of the process.

 

What is capsular contracture?

 

When any foreign object is implanted into the body, a natural defense of the body is to create scar tissue around it.  In a small number of women, the scar tissue shrinks or contracts over time and the breast may appear higher and tighter. The appearance and feel is not natural. This is repaired by removing the excess scar tissue.                

 

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The Best (& Worst!) Cities for Skin

10 best and worst cities for your skinYou can see it lurking in a hazy layer over large cities. Its foul stench follows you through the streets. Sometimes you can even taste it. The culprit is smog. If the thought of breathing in a lungful of smog makes you choke because of the damage it can do to your respiratory system, you won’t be surprised to know that smog can also damage your skin.

Charlotte is one of the worst cities for the skin on our list because of its high ozone and pollution levels, with 26.2 high-ozone days out of the year. The American Lung Association also ranked Charlotte as the tenth worst city for ozone pollution in the US in 2010. Why is it so polluted? It may have something to do with the lack of air flow in the city on the hottest days of the year, which can be related to its geographic location: in the middle between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Coal-powered plants might also play a factor, as well as population growth.

Smog is a chemical cocktail of low-level ozone (molecules of three oxygen atoms bound together), particulates (such as dust, soot and smoke), and other pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and lead. When pollutants in the atmosphere are absorbed through your skin, your whole body can suffer the consequences.

You hear a lot about the ozone layer these days, and for good reason. The ozone layer in the stratosphere, or upper atmosphere, protects you by blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, but ozone in the troposphere, or ground level, is a major component in smog.  When the sun’s rays hit the smog, it breaks down into free radicals. If they enter the body, the free radicals bounce all over the place within the cells and chip away the cells’ walls. Several diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, have been linked to free radical damage.

In addition to being a factor in serious diseases, free radical damage can also cause premature aging. When the pollutants in smog rob your skin of its oxygen supply, the result is signs of aging, such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin. If you already have mature skin, you will be more susceptible to high pollution concentrations because your ability to fight free radicals diminishes as you get older.

Fortunately, if you live in Charlotte – or any area with a significant amount of pollution, you don’t have to pack your bags!  (We ❤ Charlotte!)  There are measures you can take to protect your skin from pollution.

  • Antioxidant nutrients help to block free-radical activity in the body, so include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet.
  • Many skincare products contain antioxidant ingredients, such as vitamins A, C, and E-  Obagi has a popular Vitamin C serum line which neutralizes free radicals to prevent skin cell damage.  Skinceuticals also have an entire skincare line devoted to Prevention.
  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly at night to wash off collected dirt and grime.
  • Water: Stay hydrated to flush toxins through your system and keep your skin (and entire body) healthy.
  • Sunscreen!: The diminishing ozone layer results in increased UV exposure, more sunburns, and higher rates of melanoma. UV exposure increases free radical activity. Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and ozone.

For more information on skincare or any products mentioned, please contact one of the skincare experts at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh.  919.785.1220 or info@drgmdavis.com.

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The Lowdown on The ‘Lifestyle Lift.’

After recently being investigated and eventually settling, Lifestyle Lift is once again in hot water.  The settlement follows the office’s investigation of allegations surrounding the accuracy and fairness of claims made to consumers about facial rejuvenation services they provided.

“Lifestyle Lift has agreed to change its marketing materials and practices to eliminate any possible consumer confusion about its services,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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We get questions about this procedure from time to time, and remind patients that Lifestyle lift is a marketing company that markets heavily. What a great infomercial! It sells a product and the product is a fantastic new, “revolutionary” procedure developed by a guru of Plastic Surgery who was concerned about patients’ inability to afford “traditional procedures”……… Right?  Not so fast.  Let’s analyze their marketing claims.

Claim: The product is defines as a revolutionary procedure- False.  There is no published description of a Lifestyle Lift in Medical Literature which defines it as unique.

Claim: Recovery time is quicker than “traditional procedures”-False. Any procedure, including an injectable can lead to bruising. Lifestyle Lift patients can and do have extended down times.

Claim: Lifestyle Lift is safer than “traditional procedures”-False. There is no statistical data to prove this. This is simply code for the fact that you won’t be receiving sedation. In other words, you will be awake for the procedure. You will be awake for all of the local anesthesia shots required, and the noises and odors of the procedure. Why? This helps Lifestyle Lift get around having to pay for an Anesthesiologist or CRNA, IV sedatives, a crash cart, monitoring equipment, post anesthesia recovery personnel (Registered Nurse), and the cost of certifying/ maintaining an accredited ambulatory care surgical facility.

Claim: Lifestyle Lift takes “about an hour”-False. Simply read the reviews posted on a website such as www.RealSelf.com that has actual patient reviews.   In summary, like most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!167602864_640

 

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Raleigh charity Estate Sale

Raleigh charity Estate Sale

July 20th from 9-1pm

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June 20, 2013 · 3:53 pm

Free Botox contest on Facebook June 24th!

Free Botox contest on Facebook June 24th!

Join us on Facebook to win Free Botox next week!

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June 19, 2013 · 3:25 pm

Take $100 off a syringe of Juvederm in June!

Take $100 off a syringe of Juvederm in June!

There are many areas of the face that Juvederm can be used to subtlety smooth our fine or deep lines and wrinkles.

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June 17, 2013 · 3:37 pm