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December 09, 2014

Even though you've probably been looking forward to staying warm and cozy this winter, now is actually the best time to start thinking about bikini season. If you have any desire to tone up with cosmetic surgery before summer arrives in Philadelphia again, now is the perfect opportunity.

While winter doesn't actually provide any medical benefits when it comes to cosmetic surgery, it's still a prime opportunity for a number of reasons, including:

  • Avoiding the spring rush - Most cosmetic surgery patients wait until spring to schedule their body contouring procedures in preparation for summer swimsuit weather, but in the slower winter season, you'll have a better chance of scheduling an appointment time that works for you rather than trying to squeeze your procedure in to whatever spaces might be available.
  • Removing temptation - When you have plastic surgery in the summer, chances are you will be eager to recover and show off your new look, but in winter, the temptation to cut your recovery period short is barely there. Instead of missing out on those sunny days at the pool while you heal from a facial procedure, you can hibernate at home without any pressure from friends or family who might wonder why you aren't out enjoying the heat.
  • Recovering in comfort - In winter, you can cozy up in big, soft sweaters and easily keep your body under wraps while you're healing and waiting to reveal your final breast surgery results. In summer, leaving the house in summer attire can put make your cosmetic surgery more conspicuous with post-operative signs that harder to conceal.

If you're ready to schedule your cosmetic surgery procedure in Philadelphia this winter, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 today.

November 25, 2014

Enhancing your breasts is about more than just make a physical improvement to your chest. A breast augmentation can change the way you live your life and how you feel about who you are. While it's important to understand the limitations of breast enhancement and to understand what it can and cannot achieve, it's equally as important to understand the multi-faceted benefits that can be obtained.

When it comes to physical improvements, breast enhancement can benefit your body by:

  • Creating larger, fuller and more voluptuous breasts in place of breasts that feel too small
  • Shaping more symmetrical breasts
  • Creating more attractive cleavage
  • Establishing more proportional bodily curves

Once those physical improvements are made, the mental and emotional effects of your breast augmentation are revealed in the positive changes you see in your everyday life. These can include:

  • Boosted self-esteem and an improved perspective when it comes to self-image and self-appreciation
  • Increased pleasure from social experiences that were once a source of embarrassment or discomfort due to feeling self-conscious
  • More self-assurance and confidence in intimate settings
  • An appreciation for new or different styles of clothing that can make shopping trips more enjoyable

Though the physical results are often the most obviously sought after benefits, generally these everyday changes the real reasons why women pursue breast enhancement.

Depending on your individual needs, you may obtain similar benefits from other breast surgery procedures like breast lifts or breast reductions.

If you want to experience the benefits of breast enhancement for yourself, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Pennsylvania cosmetic surgeon today.

November 14, 2014

At Dr. Bottger's cosmetic surgery practice in Philadelphia, we offer our patients a range of procedural options to help you best achieve your aesthetic goals. As a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Bottger can also customize your procedures and tailor them to meet your specific needs.

Specializing in breast surgery, body contouring and facial procedures, our experienced cosmetic surgeon can help you completely refresh your look or can help you improve specifically targeted areas depending on your preference.

Some of our most commonly performed cosmetic procedures include:

Depending on your personal cosmetic goals however, there is still a whole gamut of cosmetic surgery options that can improve imperfections of the lips, ears, arms, thighs, buttocks and more.

Additionally, Dr. Bottger also offers non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments including laser skin resurfacing and injectable fillers for patients who wish to see aesthetic improvements but are not viable candidates for surgery or would prefer to avoid surgical procedures.

The best way to find out how our cosmetic surgery procedures can be used to achieve your personal goals is to let Dr. Bottger evaluate your needs during an in-person consultation so he can help you understand all of your available options and help you make an informed decision.

If you would like to learn more about your cosmetic surgery options in Philadelphia or the greater Pennsylvania region, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a consultation with our experienced cosmetic surgeon today.

November 06, 2014

If you are a man with oversized breasts that make you feel self-conscious, embarrassed and generally uncomfortable with your appearance, Dr. Bottger's gynecomastia surgery might be right for you.

Male breast reduction procedures remove excess breast tissue and localized fat to give you a more manly chest that would otherwise be unobtainable with diet and exercise.

Ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery should be:

  • Physically healthy and able to withstand undergoing a surgical procedure
  • Within a relatively average weight range
  • Finished with growth and development
  • Free from the use of anabolic steroids and marijuana
  • Willing to follow Dr. Bottger's instructions and recommendations for recovery

Candidates should also have realistic expectations about what  gynecomastia surgery can and cannot achieve. Our gynecomastia before and after gallery may be a helpful tool for visualizing results, though depending on your unique needs and specific goals, results will vary.

It's important to recognize that there are limitations to this procedure, and while it can reduce the appearance of over-sized male breasts, gynecomastia surgery is not a weight-loss tool.

Additionally, not every man is suited for male breast reduction, and there are certain circumstances when you may not be a viable candidate. Dr. Bottger can discuss your candidacy during your personal consultation.

To find out if gynecomastia surgery is right for you, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Pennsylvania cosmetic surgeon today.

October 29, 2014

At Dr. Bottger's Philadelphia plastic surgery office, every rhinoplasty procedure is catered to your individual needs. With years of experience, Dr. Bottger's approach and techniques can help you achieve your aesthetic goals both safely and efficiently.

Dr. Bottger performs two main types of rhinoplasty for his Pennsylvania patients. Both procedures involve an incision within the nose and are generally performed with a general anesthesia. Scarring is minimal, though your recovery and your results are greatly dependent upon your individual circumstances.

 The two rhinoplasty techniques we offer include:

  1. Closed rhinoplasty - This technique can be utilized to sculpt, reposition and improve contours of the nose
  2. Open rhinoplasty - This approach can provide a more complete visualization for sculpting and repositioning for the tip and dorsal structures

Dr. Bottger will determine the optimal surgical approach for your procedure based on your unique features and individual needs.

Alternatively, if your aim is to achieve both cosmetic and functional improvements, such as relieving breathing problems while also improving the size or shape of the nose, Dr. Bottger can perform a septoplasty procedure in conjunction with your rhinoplasty.

The best way to determine which type of rhinoplasty is right for you is to let Dr. Bottger personally assess your needs and goals during your consultation.

To determine which type of rhinoplasty will help you best achieve your cosmetic goals, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Pennsylvania cosmetic surgeon.

October 24, 2014

Cosmetic earlobe repair surgery is designed to correct aesthetic issues caused by genetics, lifestyle choices and injuries. Earlobe repair surgery is not intended to correct issues with the appearance of over-prominent ears, which is best addressed with otoplasty.

Dr. Bottger's earlobe repair surgery can help Philadelphia patients improve the appearance of their earlobes by correcting issues related to:

  • The natural aging process - As we age, our lobes may lose volume or become saggy
  • Hereditary abnormalities - Sometimes our genetics can produce elongated or exceptionally 'fleshy' lobes
  • Wearing heavy jewelry - Repeatedly wearing heavy jewelry that weighs down the earlobes can cause the earlobes to sag over time, and it is even possible for tearing to occur
  • Using gauges - While many people choose to stretch their earlobes using gauges, sometimes after years of wear, you might change your mind about continuing to wear them
  • Trauma and other injuries - Sometimes certain injuries or traumas can leave your earlobes severely damaged with tears or stretching

No matter what has caused your earlobes to stretch or tear, the results are still similar and can have a big impact on our self-image. As our lifestyles change or our genetics catch up with us, it's important to remember that unsightly stretch marks or severe sagging can often be repaired with Dr. Bottger's earlobe repair surgery.

If you want to improve your damaged earlobes, our earlobe repair surgery might be the solution for you. To schedule a consultation with our experienced Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 today.

October 17, 2014

When you undergo a breast augmentation procedure, your recovery will greatly be determined by your individual circumstances. While each breast augmentation recovery process varies, most Philadelphia patients complete the recovery phase in about three weeks.

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Bottger will provide you with all of the information you need to be prepared for your recovery process. This will not only include detailed instructions for caring for your incision immediately after your breast augmentation surgery, but also tips for preparing a recovery space ahead of time as well as how to care for your new breasts long-term.

If you have specific concerns or additional questions about breast augmentation, Dr. Bottger can address them individually.

During your immediate recovery, you will wear a compression bandage or postoperative bra to support your breasts and facilitate the healing process. This is usually required for about a week after your surgery has been performed.

Additionally, many patients experience discomfort, swelling and bruising initially, but this tends to subside within 5 to 10 days.

As your comfort level returns to normal, you will still need to allow approximately 3 weeks before resuming any type of strenuous activity or rigorous exercise, but you can usually return to work after the first week if your occupation does not require heavy lifting.

It is important to remember that although your recovery process may be complete in just 3 weeks, you can usually expect to enjoy the final results of your breast augmentation between 1 and 3 months time.

If you want to know more about undergoing breast augmentation in Philadelphia, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a personal consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon.

September 19, 2014

If you are a Pennsylvania woman experiencing physical discomfort or limitations due to the size of your breasts, a breast reduction might be the right cosmetic surgery procedure for you.  Dr. Bottger can use a breast reduction to help women with oversized breasts achieve a more healthy and comfortable lifestyle.

As a reconstructive procedure, it's important to understand exactly what the benefits of a breast reduction are and how this procedure will impact your life.

Breast reduction can be used to help alleviate problems related to:

  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irritated skin beneath the breasts
  • Limitations of physical capabilities
  • Low self-esteem caused by embarrassment in social, work and intimate settings

A breast reduction can be an ideal procedure for improving your life to the extent that the size of your breasts are hindering you in some way already. While a breast reduction will leave you with beautifully proportional and shapely breasts, if your main goal with your breast surgery is cosmetic, you may want to consider an alternative procedure.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Bottger will help you assess your options and if necessary, he will recommend a different procedure to suit your needs, whether it be a breast augmentation or a breast lift.

If you live in Pennsylvania and you think a breast reduction might be the right procedure for you, contact Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a personal consultation with our experienced cosmetic surgeon.

September 15, 2014

As one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in America, rhinoplasty can be used to fix a range of both cosmetic and functional issues. At our Pennsylvania plastic surgery office, Dr. Bottger performs rhinoplasty with both open and closed techniques to ensure that you achieve the results you want most, whether you are simply looking for a minor aesthetic improvement or more significant corrective nose surgery.

For cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty can be used to:

  • Reshape the bridge of your nose by smoothing out unsightly bumps
  • Reduce or enlarge the size of your nostrils
  • Narrow a bridge that is too wide or misshapen
  • Correct drooping or bulbous tips
  • Create proportion for a chin that appears to large or small
  • Adjust the angle between your nose and mouth
  • Balance your overall profile

While most potential plastic surgery patients considering rhinoplasty in Pennsylvania are interested solely in cosmetic improvements, patients in need of functional corrections can combine rhinoplasty with a septoplasty to relieve breathing problems caused by a deviated septum.

During your personal consultation, Dr. Bottger will help you determine if rhinoplasty is right for your cosmetic and functional goals, and he will answer any additional rhinoplasty questions you might have.

To find out more about how your rhinplasty options in Pennsylvania, contact Dr. David. A Bottger, M.D. at (610) 355-1929 to schedule your consultation today.

September 05, 2014

With advanced surgical techniques and cutting-edge technology, modern plastic surgery procedures have become incredibly safe and effective. Plastic surgery as we know it today encompasses a wide range of procedures designed to reshape your face and body in order to improve your appearance and self-esteem.

While many people associate the term 'plastic surgery' with the use of man-made materials, its name is actually derived from 'plastikos,' a Greek word meaning 'to mold' or 'to give form'. In fact, the term itself predates the engineering of modern plastic by 70 years.

A brief historical timeline reveals the history of some of the most common plastic surgery procedures we use today:

  • 1895: Surgeons perform the first documented breast augmentation.
  • 1899: Beeswax, paraffin and vegetable oil become the first injectable breast implant materials.
  • 1910 - 1919: Plastic surgery training facilities are established and surgical techniques for the face are pioneered.
  • 1962: The first silicone breast implant is revealed.
  • 1982: After years of legalization in Europe, U.S. patients are finally offered liposuction.
  • 2000-2009: The introduction of body contouring assists the removal and tightening of excess skin after massive weight loss.

Today, with years of training and experience, Dr. Bottger is pleased to offer our patients some of the safest and most effective procedures the field of plastic surgery has ever seen.

To learn more about plastic surgery and how it can improve your self-image, contact Dr. David. A Bottger, M.D. at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a personal consultation with our Philadelphia plastic surgeon today.