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Frequently Asked Questions & Glossary

FAQs on Breast Enlargement:

Q. What type of anesthesia will I have for Breast Augmentation?
A. General anesthesia provided by a board certified anesthesiologist.

Q. How what is the length of the procedure?
A. The procedure takes about one hour.

Q. How long does it take to recover from Breast Augmentation surgery?
A. Patients generally return to work after 4-5 days.

Q. Do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?
A. It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first 24 hours. You will need a ride to your first
follow-up appointment.

Q. When do I see the doctor for follow-up?
A. The first follow-up is 2-3 days after surgery. Then he sees you after a week and then usually at 6 weeks
and finally at 3-4 months.

Q. When can I drive?
A. You can drive once you have discontinued taking the pain medication, which is typically at 4-5 days.

Q. Do I need to stop taking any medications prior to surgery?
A. Two weeks prior to surgery do not take any medications without approval from Dr. Creasman. Medications
including but not limited to Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen or Aleve should be discontinued. Vitamin E, herbal medications
and diet medications containing Mahuang or Ephedra should also be discontinued. Avoid Garlic in your diet. Tylenol is
okay to take for pain.

Q. Do I need to take an antibiotic prior to surgery?
A. No. The doctor administers an IV antibiotic the morning of surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take prior to surgery? When do I start taking them?
A. One day prior to surgery, you will start 2 tablets of Celebrex 200mg. Take this medication with food.

Q. What medications do I have to take after surgery?
A. You will be given a prescription for pain medication to take when you get home. Please follow labeled
instructions.

Q. Do I wear a bra after surgery?
A. If the implants are placed behind the pectoral muscle, usually you will go braless after the first follow-up for 2-4 weeks. If
the implants are placed just behind the breast but in front of the muscle, you will wear a bra. If you have an inframammary incision, do not wear
an underwire bra for 2 weeks or until it is comfortable to do so.

Q. After surgery, will I have drainage tubes?
A. No. Drains are rarely used with breast augmentation surgery.

Q. What are signs of an infection?
A. Uneven swelling, increased pain, fever, chills, redness and drainage from the breast and incisions.

Q. What position should I sleep in after surgery?
A. For the first 8 hours you should sleep on your back with your head and shoulders propped up. You can then sleep flat on your back.
You can rotate from side to side after 48 hours.

Q. When can I shave my armpits with an axillary incision?
A. About 7-10 days, when incisions are sealed and healed.

Q. When can I take a shower after surgery?
A. After the first follow-up, usually after 2-3 days. Avoid baths, swimming pools, and hot tubs for two weeks.

Q. Sometimes I have sharp pain and/or burning sensation in my breasts. Is this normal?
A. This will go away with time. If this sensation is accompanied by uneven swelling, please call the office.
Massaging the breasts can help.

Q. My nipples are numb. Is this normal?
A. Numbness may last 6 months to a year.

Q. My breasts feel hard. Is this normal?
A. The hardness should go away in time and usually is a result of swelling or tightness of the skin and muscle.
The hardness can also be scar tissue that might need to be surgically removed, but this would occur later.

Q. Is it normal for my implants to make sloshing noises?
A. Yes. Sloshing and squeaking noises are normal and will subside. Air can be trapped around
the implants, but the “sloshing” is not coming from inside the implants.

Q. When do the tapes come off the incisions?
A. The doctor will generally remove the tapes 8-9 days after surgery.

Q. When can I start exercising?
A. No lifting anything heavier than a coffee pot for one week. No running or weight lifting for 6 weeks.
You may return to walking briskly in a week, situps/treadmill/stairmaster in 4-6 weeks.

Q. When can I go swimming?
A. 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Q. Can I sunbathe?
A. You can tan after 4 weeks. If scars are exposed to the sun, they may darken. Tanning prior to
surgery is okay.

Q. When can I travel?
A. Two weeks after surgery. Get up and walk every hour when traveling by air.

Q. How often do I do the breast implant exercises?
A. You do 10 repetitions (one set) on each breast, every two hours for the first two weeks. After two weeks,
do one to two sets daily for life.

Q. When do I start doing my breast implant exercises?
A. Usually 2-3 days after surgery. The doctor or his nurse will tell you when to begin them.

Q. What is the weight of my implants?
A. As a guide a 240cc implant weighs about a half a pound. A 480cc implants weighs about a pound.

Q. When do I start using the silicone sheeting to reduce the appearance of the scar? How long do I wear it?
A. After your suture removal and there are no crusts/scabs or open spots on your incision, you will wear the
sheeting for 12 hours a day for 3 or more months.

Q. Do I need to take an antibiotic before a dental appointment?
A. Yes, if you are having invasive dental work, such as a crown prep or certainly a root canal. No, if you are
only getting your teeth cleaned.

FAQs on Eye (Blepharoplasty):

Q. What type of anesthesia will I have for Blepharoplasty?
A. Local anesthesia with sedation. An intravenous line is placed and sedative medication is administered gradually,
under continuous monitoring of your vital signs. Local anesthetic is injected while you are sedated. You will be unaware of the
injections.

Q. How what is the length of the procedure?
A. The procedure takes about one to two hours.

Q. How long does it take to recover from Blepharoplasty surgery?
A. There is bruising and swelling for 7-14 days. Patients generally return to work 5-7 days. No computer,
television or reading for 5 days. Full recovery is usually about six weeks to look and feel normal again.

Q. Do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?
A. It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first 24 hours. You will need a ride to your first follow-up
appointment.

Q. What can I eat after surgery?
A. Start out with a soft diet and drink plenty of fluids.

Q. When do I see the doctor for follow-up?
A. The first follow-up is 4-5 days after surgery.

Q. When can I drive?
A. You may drive one week after surgery, as long as you are off all pain medication.

Q. Do I need to stop taking any medications prior to surgery?
A. Two weeks prior to surgery do not take any medications without approval from Dr. Creasman. Medications including but
not limited to Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen or Aleve should be discontinued. Vitamin E, herbal medications and diet medications
containing Mahuang or Ephedra should also be discontinued. Avoid Garlic in your diet. Tylenol is okay to take for pain.

Q. Do I need to take an antibiotic prior to surgery?
A. No. The doctor administers an IV antibiotic at the start of surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take prior to surgery? When do I start taking them?
A. Vitamedica, a pre-operative pack of vitamins to help with post-surgical swelling and bruising is available for
purchase at our office. Vitamedica should be started 2 weeks prior to surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take after surgery?
A. You will be given a prescription for a pain medication to take after surgery. Please follow labeled instructions.

Q. How long will the swelling last?
A. Swelling peaks at 48 hours. To reduce bruising and swelling, place a gauze pad over your eyes, then place a Ziplock bag
filled with a handful of frozen peas over the gauze. Do this during waking hours. Do NOT put ice directly on eyes.

Q. How long to I apply the iced peas?
A. The first 72 hours or until swelling subsides. After this time, you may feel relief with the application of the frozen
peas and it is certainly acceptable to continue using them, but not imperative. It is for your comfort.

Q. In what position should I sleep after surgery?
A. For the first 3-5 days, you should sleep with your head higher than your heart.

Q. When can I take a shower after surgery?
A. You can shower from the neck down after 48 hours. After your first follow-up, you may
shower normally. Do not allow the shower stream to hit you in the face for about four weeks.

Q. When can I use shampoo and conditioner?
A. After your first follow-up visit.

Q. When can I wear facial lotion or make-up?
A. After 7-10 days. Do not put on incisions until they are fully healed.

Q. My eyes are dry and itchy. Is there anything I can use for relief?
A. You can purchase Refresh PM (lubrication drops) from a drugstore.

Q. When can I wear my contact lenses?
A. One week after surgery.

Q. When can I start exercising?
A. Light walking is okay after your first follow-up. No lifting or bending
for 6 weeks. You can start running/treadmill/situps/golf at 4 -6 weeks. Weight lifting at six weeks.

Q. When can I go swimming?
A. You can swim at 2 weeks. Apply suncreen to your face, including incisions.

Q. Can I sunbathe?
A. You can tan after 4 weeks when bruising subsides. If scars are exposed to the
sun, they may darken. Avoid exposing incisions to the sun. Use a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Q. When can I travel?
A. 2 weeks after surgery. When flying, get up and walk every hour.

FAQs on Face Lift:

Q. What type of anesthesia will I have for my facelift?
A. Local anesthesia with sedation. An intravenous line is placed and sedative
medication is administered gradually, under continuous monitoring of your vital signs. Local
anesthetic is injected while you are sedated. Occasionally, Dr. Creasman does facelifts under
general anesthesia, such as when multiple procedures are being done, or if this is the patient’s
preference.

Q. What is the length of the procedure?
A. The procedure takes about 4-5 hours.

Q. How long does it take to recover from facelift surgery?
A. There is bruising and swelling for 10-14 days. Patients generally return to
work 10-14 days.

Q. Do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?
A. It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first 48 hours. You will need
a ride to your first two follow-up appointments.

Q. What can I eat after surgery?
A. Start out with a soft diet and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid very hot foods or
beverages.

Q. When do I see the doctor for follow-up?
A. The first follow-up is 2-3 days after surgery. The second visit is for the first
suture removal at 4-5 days. The third follow-up is after 7-10 days for removal of a few more sutures.
You will need a ride to the first two visits.

Q. After surgery, will I have drainage tubes?
A. This varies depending on the extent of your surgery. If a drain is used, it usually
is removed at the first follow up visit.

Q. When can I drive?
A. You may drive one week after surgery, when you should be off all pain medication.

Q. Will I have pain with my facelift?
A. Pain is minimal with most facelifts. Severe pain can be a sign of a complication, so
this should be reported to us at once.

Q. Any other restrictions?
A. Dr. Creasman recommends a minimum of talking and chewing. Moving the jawbone causes
more swelling and bruising. Try to rest as much as possible, but get up and walk every couple of hours
to avoid getting clots in your legs or pelvis.

Q. Do I need to stop taking any medications prior to surgery?
A. Yes, for two weeks prior and after surgery, you need to discontinue taking medications
that contain Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen or Aleve. Discontinue Vitamin E, herbal medications and diet
medications containing Mahuang or Ephedra. Avoid Garlic in your diet. Tylenol is okay to take for pain.
There is no need to discontinue birth control pills.

Q. Do I need to take an antibiotic prior to surgery?
A. No. The doctor administers an IV antibiotic at the time of surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take prior to surgery?
A. When do I start taking them?Vitamedica, a pre-operative pack of vitamins to help
with post-surgical swelling and bruising is available for purchase at our office. Vitamedica should be
started 2 weeks prior to surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take after surgery?
A. You will be given a prescription for a pain medication to take after surgery. Please
follow labeled instructions.

Q. What position should I sleep in after surgery?
A. For the first 4-5 days, you should sleep upright about 15 –20 degrees above horizontal,
on your back with your head and shoulders higher than your heart.

Q. When can I take a shower after surgery?
A. You can shower after your first follow-up at 2-3 days.

Q. When can I use shampoo and conditioner?
A. You may use shampoo and conditioner after your first follow-up. Do not use styling
products or a curling iron for 7-10 days.

Q. When can I get my hair colored or bleached?
A. For hair bleaching, apply two weeks prior or wait 4 weeks after surgery. For hair color,
apply 2 weeks prior or wait 2 weeks after surgery.

Q. When can I wear facial lotion or make-up?
A. After 7-10 days. Do not put on incisions until they are fully healed.

Q. When can I wear my contact lenses?
A. One day after surgery. If you also had a blepharoplasty, wait a week.

Q. Is it okay to wear eye and/or sunglasses after surgery?
A. You can wear glasses 5-7 days after surgery. Prop glasses above your ear so the arm
of the glasses rests in your hair and not on your ear.

Q. When can I start exercising?
A. Light walking is okay after your first follow-up. No bending or lifting for 6 weeks.
You can start running/treadmill/situps at 4 -6 weeks.

Q. When can I go swimming?
A. You can swim at 4 weeks. Apply suncreen to your face, including incisions.

Q. Can I sunbathe?
A. Avoid sun exposure after surgery for one month. You can tan after 4 weeks when bruising
subsides. If scars are exposed to the sun, they may darken. Avoid exposing incisions to the sun. Use a
hat and sunscreen.

Q. When can I travel?
A. 2 weeks after surgery. Get up and walk every hour when traveling by air.

FAQs on Liposuction:

Q. What type of anesthesia will I have for Liposuction?
A. Usually general anesthesia provided by a board certified anesthesiologist.

Q. How long does it take to recover from Liposuction surgery?
A. Patients generally return to work after 4-5 days. Bruising can last up to 10-14
days, and sometimes longer. Swelling can last up to 3 months.

Q. Do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?
A. It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first 24 hours.
You will need a ride to your first follow-up appointment.

Q. When do I see the doctor for follow-up?
A. The first follow-up is 2-3 days after surgery.

Q. When can I drive?
A. You may drive 4-5 days after surgery. You cannot drive if you are taking pain medication.

Q. Do I need to stop taking any medications prior to surgery?
A. Two weeks prior to surgery do not take any medications without approval from Dr. Creasman.
Medications including but not limited to Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen or Aleve should be discontinued. Vitamin E,
herbal medications and diet medications containing Mahuang or Ephedra should also be discontinued. Avoid Garlic
in your diet. Tylenol is okay to take for pain.

Q. Do I need to take an antibiotic prior to surgery?
A. No. The doctor administers an IV antibiotic at the time of surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take after surgery?
A. You will be given a prescription for a pain medication to take after surgery. Please follow labeled instructions.

Q. Do I wear a garment after surgery?
A. You will wear a post-surgical garment 1 week for every decade of age. Example: Age 30 = 3 weeks.

Q. I had liposuction of my neck. How often do I wear the chin strap?
A. Wear the chin strap for the first 48 hours. Then wear the strap only at night for 2 weeks.

Q. What position should I sleep in after surgery?
A. For the first 8 hours, you should sleep upright with pillows positioned under your knees for support. Rotate occasionally
from side to side. Do not stay in one position for long periods of time. You may sleep flat after the first 8 hours. Get up every hour and
walk around.

Q. When can I take a shower after surgery?
A. You can shower 2 days after your surgery.

Q. When can I start exercising?
A. Light walking on the night of surgery. Brisk walking in one week. You can start running/treadmill/situps at 4- 6 weeks.

Q. When can I get a massage?
A. You may get a Lymphatic massage one week after surgery.

Q. When can I go swimming?
A. Usually at 2 weeks, when wounds have healed.

Q. Can I sunbathe?
A. You can tan one month after surgery. If scars/bruises are exposed to the sun, they may darken. Tanning prior to surgery is okay.

Q. When can I travel?
A. 2 weeks after surgery. When flying, get up and walk every hour.

FAQs on Nose:

Q. What type of anesthesia will I have for Rhinoplasty?
A. Local anesthesia with sedation. An intravenous line is placed and sedative medication is administered gradually, under continuous
monitoring of your vital signs. Local anesthetic is injected while you are sedated. You feel no pain with this regimen.

Q. What is the length of the procedure?
A. The procedure usually takes about 2 hours, but depends on the scope of the work being done.

Q. How long does it take to recover from Rhinoplasty surgery?
A. Most bruising and swelling is gone after 7-10 days. Patients generally return to work in 6-10 days.

Q. Do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?
A. It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first 24 hours. You will need a ride to your first follow-up
appointment.

Q. What can I eat after surgery?
A. Start out with a soft diet and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid very hot foods or beverages because your upper lip may be numb.

Q. When do I see the doctor for follow-up?
A. The first follow-up is 4-5 days after surgery. You will need a ride to the first follow-up.

Q. When can I drive?
A. You may drive one week after surgery.

Q. When will the bandages be removed?
A. They are generally removed at 4-5 days after surgery at your first follow-up appointment.

Q. Do I need to stop taking any medications prior to surgery?
A. Two weeks prior to surgery do not take any medications without approval from Dr. Creasman. Medications including but not limited to Aspirin,
Motrin, Ibuprofen or Aleve should be discontinued. Vitamin E, herbal medications and diet medications containing Mahuang or Ephedra should also be discontinued.
Avoid Garlic in your diet. Tylenol is okay to take for pain. There is no need to discontinue birth control pills.

Q. Do I need to take an antibiotic prior to surgery?
A. No. The doctor administers an IV antibiotic at the time of surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take prior to surgery? When do I start taking them?
A. Vitamedica, a pre-operative pack of vitamins to help with post-surgical swelling and bruising is available for purchase at our
office. Vitamedica should be started 2 weeks prior to surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take after surgery?
A. You will be given a prescription for a pain medicine that you will take after surgery. Please follow labeled instructions.

Q. My nose is bleeding (immediately after surgery). Should I be concerned?
A. Some bleeding is expected after nasal surgery. You should change the dressing on your upper lip as needed, and anticipate this
will be necessary for 24 – 36 hours after surgery.

Q. How long will the swelling last?
A. Initial swelling lasts 5-7 days. There may be residual swelling for months.

Q. What can I do to minimize the swelling?
A. Soak compresses in ice water, wring them out and place them over the eyes. You can also put a handful of frozen green peas in a
plastic bag and place over the cold washcloth. Minimize chewing and talking for the first couple of days to reduce bruising and swelling.

Q. My upper teeth are numb and tingling. Is this normal?
A. Yes. This will go away in 1-2 days.

Q. When can I blow my nose?
A. You should avoid blowing your nose for the first week after the dressings are removed.

Q. What position should I sleep in after surgery?
A. For the first 24 hours, you should sleep upright on your back. After 24 hours you may sleep on your sides and back.

Q. When can I take a shower after surgery?
A. Shower only below the shoulders 2-3 days after surgery. It is okay to take full shower when splint/tapes are removed.

Q. When can I wear facial lotion or make-up?
A. After 4-5 days. Do not put on incisions until they are fully healed.

Q. When can I wear my contact lenses?
A. You may wear contact lenses as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

Q. Is it okay to wear eye and/or sunglasses after surgery?
A. You can wear glasses 2 weeks after surgery. Tape glasses up/off of your nose in the interim.

Q. When can I start exercising?
A. Light walking is okay after your first follow-up. You can start running/treadmill/situps at 4 -6 weeks. Avoid putting your head
down (below the level of your heart) for the first several weeks as that will make your nose throb and even swell more.

Q. When can I go swimming?
A. You can swim at 4-6 weeks, but do not dive into the water for three months. Apply suncreen to your face/nose. Your nose will be
more sensitive to the sun for up to a year after surgery.

Q. Can I sunbathe?
A. You can tan after 8 weeks. It is recommended to wear a hat and use sunscreen.

Q. When can I travel?
A. 2 weeks after surgery. When flying, get up and walk every hour.

FAQs on Tummy (Abdominoplasty):

Q. What type of anesthesia will I have for Abdominoplasty?
A. General anesthesia provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Creasman also does nerve blocks with local anesthetic
for pain control after surgery.

Q. How what is the length of the procedure?
A. The procedure takes about two and a half to three hours.

Q. How long does it take to recover from Abdominoplasty surgery?
A. Patients generally return to work after 2 weeks. Full recovery is about 8-12 weeks.

Q. Do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?
A. It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first 48 hours. You will need a ride to your first couple of follow-up
appointments.

Q. When do I see the doctor for follow-up?
A. The first follow-up is 2-3 days after surgery. The second follow-up is after 7-10 days.

Q. When can I drive?
A. After 2 weeks.

Q. Do I need to stop taking any medications prior to surgery?
A. Two weeks prior to surgery do not take any medications without approval from Dr. Creasman. Medications including but not
limited to Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen or Aleve should be discontinued. Vitamin E, herbal medications and diet medications containing Mahuang
or Ephedra should also be discontinued. Avoid Garlic in your diet. Tylenol is okay to take for pain. There is no need to discontinue birth control
pills.

Q. Do I need to take an antibiotic prior to surgery?
A. No. The doctor administers an IV antibiotic at the time of surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take prior to surgery? When do I start taking them?
A. There are no medications you need to take prior to surgery.

Q. What medications do I have to take after surgery?
A. You will be given a prescription for a pain medication that you will take after surgery. Read the label and follow as directed.

Q. Do I wear a garment after surgery?
A. You will wear a post-surgical garment for one month.

Q. After surgery, will I have drainage tubes?
A. Yes. Usually they are removed after 5-7 days.

Q. What are signs of an infection?
A. Fever, chills, redness, unusual drainage and unusual pain.

Q. What position should I sleep in after surgery?
A. For the first 3-5 days, you should sleep upright with pillows positioned under your knees for support.

Q. When can I take a shower after surgery?
A. You can shower after the drains are removed, usually after 5-7 days. In the interim, you should take “bed baths” by using a
washcloth and soapy water to clean yourself. Avoid baths, swimming pools, or hot tubs for two weeks.

Q. When can I start exercising?
A. You should get up and walk the evening of surgery and several times a day thereafter. Lengthy walking is okay after 7-10 days.
Stretching is the most important issue after this operation, and you can begin to stretch your abdomen after the first week. You can start
running/treadmill/situps at 6-8 weeks.

Q. When can I go swimming?
A. 6 weeks, when wounds have completely healed and after you have stretched adequately.

Q. Can I sunbathe?
A. You can tan after 4 weeks when bruising subsides. If scars are exposed to the sun, they may darken. Tanning prior to
surgery is okay, but lowers your systemic immunity.

Q. When can I travel?
A. 3-4 weeks after surgery. Get up and walk every hour when in flight. No lifting luggage for 4-6 weeks.

Q. When do I start scar treatment using the silicone sheeting? How long do I wear it?
A. One week after your suture removal and there are no crusts/scabs or open spots on your incision, you will wear the
sheeting for 12 hours a day for 3-6 months.

Glossary – Frequently Used Terminology

Abdominoplasty – Also known as “Tummy Tuck”, the procedure designed to recontour the abdomen which
involves removal of fat and skin, and usually tightening of the muscle wall, particularly in patients after pregnancy. Results in a scar
across the lower abdomen beneath the bikini line, but from hip to hip, and around the navel. In some patients who have insufficient laxity
of their abdominal skin, a modified version is carried out, with removal of only the lower skin but without the incision around the navel.

Accreditation – refers to the formal approval of an operating facility by an independent,
state-approved accrediting body. Dr. Creasman’s facility is accredited by the
American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory
Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
, one of only three such bodies approved by the State of California. Since 1996, all facilities in California
are required by state law to be accredited to perform outpatient surgery (AB 595).

Anesthesia – medication given to maintain a pain-free state during surgical procedures. Administered as
either a local (injected) anesthetic, regional (nerve block with local injection, such as a spinal or epidural block), or general anesthetic
(complete loss of consciousness). Regional and general anesthetics are administered by an Anesthesiologist (Physician trained in Anesthesia),
while local anesthetic is administered by Dr. Creasman. Major local anesthetics are given under conscious sedation (intravenous administration
of sedative medication). All anesthetics given under complete monitoring of vital signs and oxygen levels. All anesthetics except simple local
anesthesia require a monitoring period after the procedure, known as recovery, prior to discharge from the facility. Dr. Creasman is assisted by anesthesiologists from Group Anesthesia Services (http://www.groupanesthesia.com/patientGuide.html) when general anesthesia is employed, and is certain circumstances when conscious sedation is used. All anesthesia services are provided by anesthesiologists certified by the
American Board of Anesthesiology. All are members of the
American Society of Anesthesiologists. Click on the link above for more information about the individual anesthesiologists.

Antioxidants – A group of compounds that help to protect the body from the formation and elimination of
free-radicals. Free-radicals are formed from exposure to sunlight and pollution and also as a byproduct of cell metabolism. Alcohol, cigarette
smoke, stress and even diet also affect the level of free-radical development in the body. Excellent antioxidants include Vitamin A, Vitamin E,
Vitamin C, zinc, selenium, ginkgo biloba, grape seed extract, and green tea extract

Areola – the dark skin that surrounds the nipple.

Axillary – of or referring to the “armpit”, or underarm. Indicates the location of one of the possible incisions
for breast enlargement, namely, in the armpit.

Arnica Montana – also known as Leopard’s Bane or Wolf’s Bane – A plant that has been used for hundreds of
years in homeopathic medicine to treat bruises, injuries and soreness.

Asymmetry – difference in size or other appearance between the two sides of a part of the body, e.g. eyelids
that look different, or breasts that are two different sizes. Symmetry, which means sameness, is very uncommon in the human form.

Blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery to remove excess skin, muscle, and fat. Can be performed on the upper
and/or the lower eyelids. Can be performed on the lower eyelids either using a skin incision or from the inside lining of the lower eyelid
in younger patients (known as a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty) to remove fat only.

Board-certified – With regard to plastic surgery, this refers to the successful completion of rigorous
examinations by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). There are no other boards certifying physicans in the practice of Plastic Surgery.
The ABPS is the only board approved by
the American Board of Medical Specialists, which is the
body within the United States which grants such approval. Beware of “bogus boards”, which sound impressive, but lack this approval.

Body Mass Index (BMI) – The body mass index is one measure of the appropriateness of your weight with
respect to your height. It is used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a tool to research
nutrition and the effect of weight on health

Click here to access a BMI CALCULATOR to determine your Index

Research has shown that being overweight causes health risks, and uses a body mass index (BMI) of 25 kg/m2 as the definition of overweight.
This is a common method used in data analysis. Numerous studies have confirmed that having a body mass index over 25 kg/m2 is associated with
increased risk of disease (like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, etc), and risk of a shortened lifespan.

The definition of “underweight” at a BMI below 19 kg/m2 is also arbitrary. It may be somewhat suitable for women, but is quite unsuitable for
men.

A better definition of weight categories2 is shown in the table below. It suggests that an “overweight” BMI is actually 27.3 for women, and 27.8
for men.

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