Cosmetic Surgery FAQs

Dr. James E. White, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board certified surgeon at Advanced Surgical Concepts in Chattanooga, TN. In this series of articles, Dr. White offers insider knowledge about cosmetic surgery and talks about the latest high-tech procedures that can help men and women look better and feel younger.

What is the difference in a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon?

Although many people use the term “cosmetic surgeon” and “plastic surgeon” synonymously , a cosmetic surgeon’s training varies from a plastic surgeon’s. When considering a major cosmetic procedure such as a face lift, breast enhancement, blepharoplasty or liposuction, it is vital for the patient to distinguish a plastic surgeon’s credentials from a cosmetic surgeon’s as they are not created equally.

How Does Adding Volume to the Face Help People Look Younger?

In the past five years, new research has shown that facial volume is actually more important when looking to achieve younger-looking skin than tightness. Because of this, a number of volume-enhancing procedures have been developed.

What Is the Mini Face Lift Procedure?

A Mini Face Lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that offers many of the benefits of a traditional face lift without all of the drawbacks. Patients can achieve excellent results without having to go under general anesthesia, which saves money and lessens post-op downtime.

How to Get Rid of Frown Lines

The best way to get rid of frown lines is with an injection of Botox. Within minutes, women can get rid of frown lines.

Is Botox Safe for Women Who Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Botox. When used under the manufacturer’s guidelines, Botox is an extremely safe product for men and women of all ages, but pregnant women are advised to avoid it nonetheless.

Where Does the Hair Used in a Hair Transplant Come From?

The hair that a surgeon uses in a hair transplant procedure can come from anywhere else on the head, although it commonly comes from the area near the neck for most female and male patients.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they are smaller. The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasias. Spider veins can be found on the legs and face. They may look like short, fine lines.Spider veins are most common in the ankles, feet and thighs. Spider veins tend to appear red or blue and are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins.

How are spider veins treated?

Spider veins are most commonly treated with a procedure known as Slecrotherapy.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins can occur in men or women. These bulging veins, raised above the surface of the skin, can be caused by poor circulation. More commonly found in the legs or thighs, varicose veins can develop anywhere in the body. The veins often appear to be dark purple, blue or flesh colored.

How are varicose veins treated?

Mild varicose veins often do not need treatment. However, some people may choose treatment for cosmetic reasons or because the condition causes uncomfortable symptoms. Removing or treating varicose veins does not cause circulation problems because veins can re-route themselves around a blockage.

What is liposuction?

Unlike dieting, liposuction permanently removes adipocytes (fat cells) and the lipid (fat)that fills the fat cells. Liposuction puts the treated area of your body back in sync with the rest of you so that even if you again gain weight it will be more evenly distributed because the excess cells in your trouble area are gone for good.

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