Breast Augmentation & Liposuction Blog

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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.

August 27, 2014

If you are considering cosmetic surgery in the Philadelphia area, you might feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the right plastic surgeon for your personal needs. At the cosmetic surgery office of Dr. David A. Bottger, our Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon offers professional, personalized care, with the experience and education needed to help you achieve the cosmetic surgery results you desire most.

When trying to determine just what makes a cosmetic surgeon stand out in Philadelphia, here are a few questions to consider:

  1. Are you board-certified cosmetic surgeon and what is your specialty area? Dr. Bottger is distinguished by his dual certification in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery.
  2. How much experience do you have? Dr. Bottger is a Philadelphia native with more than 20 years of plastic surgery experience for procedures including the face, breast and body.
  3. Are you affiliated with any local hospitals? Dr. Bottger is the chief of plastic and reconstruction surgery at the Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital.
  4. Do you have before and after photos available? You can see before and after photos in our online galleries.
  5. Can you provide patient testimonials? We offer a variety of reviews on our website, both video and written.

To learn more about our experienced Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon, contact Dr. David. A Bottger, M.D. at 610-355-1929 to schedule your consultation today.

August 26, 2014

Breast Augmenation Active Lifestyle in PhiladelphiaFor women considering breast augmentation, it's important to understand how this procedure may affect your lifestyle. Breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure, improving your self-image and self-confidence and helping you look and feel your very best.

Still, many of Dr. Bottger’s Philadelphia patients question whether they can continue to live an active lifestyle after breast augmentation, especially women who are very athletic.

The good news is that with the right breast augmentation procedure, you should be able to enjoy all of your favorite athletic endeavors. Depending on your activity level, however, you will need to give careful consideration to the size of your implants. If you are very active and athletic, you may want to choose a more moderate increase in your breast size to avoid back pain and other issues, but implants themselves should not hinder your physical activity.

During the immediate recovery stage your exercise routine will be limited to very light activity, however depending on your individual circumstances, Dr. Bottger will advise you when you can resume your normal activity. In many cases, exercising can actually facilitate the healing process. If you have specific concerns about your work-out regimen or any other breast augmentation questions, Dr. Bottger can address them during your consultation.

To find out more about how breast augmentation can improve your self-image and your life, contact Dr. David A. Bottger at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon.

August 25, 2014

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, every year in America, more than 220,000 rhinoplasty procedures are performed on a range of cosmetic surgery candidates, including men and women. If you think you might be a candidate for rhinoplasty in Pennsylvania, our Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon can help.

With more than 20 years of experience in the cosmetic surgery field, Dr. Bottger can assess your individual needs and answer all of your rhinoplasty questions to help you determine if a nose job is the right procedure for you.

During your professional evaluation, there are a number of factors Dr. Bottger will consider, including:

  • Your physical health - Ideal candidates will be in a state of general well-being and must be physically healthy enough to undergo surgery.
  • Your mental health - Your personal outlook is crucial to the success of your procedure, primarily that you have realistic expectations about what can or cannot be accomplished.
  • Your facial growth - Rhinoplasty is best suited for candidates whose facial features are fully developed, usually occurring between ages of 14 and 16, so younger patients may not be suitable candidates.
  • Your lifestyle - Certain lifestyle choices, like smoking, can result in complications during or after surgery, so Dr. Bottger will need to address these issues before moving forward with your procedure.

Because candidates for rhinoplasty come in all shapes and sizes, the best way to determine your candidacy is to let our Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon assess your circumstances personally during your consultation.

To learn more about your rhinoplasty candidacy in Philadelphia, contact Dr. David. A Bottger, M.D. at 610-355-1929 to schedule your consultation with an experienced Pennsylvania rhinoplasty surgeon.

July 30, 2014

Dr. David Bottger offers a number of procedures that can give you a fresher, younger, revitalized facial appearance. Among your many options, the most extensive is the facelift.

A facelift can achieve extraordinary results, including:

  • Lift sagging cheeks
  • Sharpen a poorly defined jaw
  • Remove jowls and sagging skin and fat in the neck
  • Eliminate marionette lines

Dr. Bottger understands how crucial a youthful-looking face is to your overall appearance. The signs of aging can make it appear as if you lack essential energy and vigor. With a facelift, Dr. Bottger can make sure your appearance reflects your true level of energy and vitality.

With more than two decades of experience performing facelifts for patients in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Bottger has the skills and background to deliver the beautiful, natural looking results you desire. This ensures you will avoid some of the more common side effects of a facelift, such as a “windswept” or frozen look, which often occur when you work with a less experienced plastic surgeon.

Dr. Bottger will fully customize your facelift so that you can get exactly what you need. During your initial consultation, he will advise you on which procedure will provide you the most benefits.

If you live in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and would like to learn more about how you can benefit from a facelift, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule a consultation.

July 29, 2014

Undergoing plastic surgery can be a life-changing decision. It can boost your confidence and help you look and feel your best. For many individuals, plastic surgery can help put the finishing touches on an extensive diet and exercise regimen or help return your body to its pre-pregnancy form. It can also be a great way to reverse the signs of aging so that you look as young as you feel.

But how do you know when it's the right time to move forward with plastic surgery? This is a very personal decision, and there is no one right time for everyone. There will be a variety of factors that can impact whether you're ready for plastic surgery, including your:

  • Age
  • Lifestyle
  • Future pregnancy plans
  • Financial situation
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Physical health

Dr. David Bottger believes it's important for all of his Philadelphia-area patients to understand all of the factors involved in this important decision before moving forward with the procedure. During your consultation, he will discuss your goals and concerns with you in great detail to ensure you are ready for plastic surgery.

In order to help you get a better sense of whether the time is right for your plastic surgery procedure, we've created a short quiz. It contains six short "yes" or "no" questions adapted from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. We encourage you to take this quiz to determine whether you're ready to undergo your desired procedure. If you feel confident about moving forward after taking this quiz, Dr. Bottger would be happy to discuss your options during a confidential consultation.

Please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your plastic surgery consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

July 23, 2014

Philadelphia reality TV fans may have noticed the new E! show "Botched," which makes light of cosmetic surgery procedures gone awry, including breast augmentations.

Among the personalities featured on the show: Model and so-called "surgery addict" Janice Dickinson. She opted to have a corrective breast augmentation filmed for the show:

"I'm nervous, I'm nervous, I'm nervous right now," she tells the show's plastic surgeon as he  preps her for the procedure. "Can I just get some Valium right now?!"

Dr. Bottger and his professional, compassionate staff view such programs as a reminder to prospective plastic surgery patients to look closely and carefully at their doctor's training and credentials.

In addition to training at some of the country's top institutions, Dr. Bottger has board certification in both general surgery and plastic surgery from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Certification is the first thing prospective patients should consider when choosing a plastic surgeon. The American Board of Plastic Surgery also suggests that patients ask the following questions before choosing a doctor for breast augmentation and other popular cosmetic procedures:

  • What qualifications/training does the physician have to perform the procedure in question?
  • How many of this type of procedure has he/she performed?
  • How many of this type of procedure does he/she perform each year?
  • If you are considering a new procedure, how did the doctor obtain training for this?
  • Has the doctor had many problems or complications with this procedure?
  • Do you feel comfortable with the doctor and in the doctor's office?

Please contact us today or call 610-355-1929 to schedule a consultation in which Dr. Bottger can answer these and other questions about breast augmentation safety and training. We proudly serve patients in the greater Philadelphia area.

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