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July 27, 2015

When it comes to the topic of plastic or cosmetic surgery, many people wonder at what age you may be considered too old to undergo treatment. Realistically there is no age cut off for undergoing a procedure, as long as you are in good health and meet candidacy requirements, which our experienced Philadelphia plastic surgeon will go over with you during consultation.

Life expectancy has risen over the decades due to people being more active and having healthier lifestyles. With people living longer, it's not unusual for someone to want to look as good as they feel. Over the course of the last few years we have seen a spike in the number o people over the age of 50 having procedures done.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 10 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in 2014. Out of those procedures, men and women aged 51-64 accounted for 32.9% of non-surgical procedures, and 24.6% of surgical procedures. Those who were 65 years of age and over were accountable for 7.9% of surgeries performed and 10.9% of non-surgical procedures.

When comparing the statistics to those of previous years we see that the numbers have more than doubled. Four years prior, those over the age of 65% only accounted for 5.2% of procedures. Over the coming years it is expected that these numbers will only increase.

Research has shown that age does not play a factor in escalating risk, but other illnesses and conditions a person may have are what create limitations and elevated risks.

If you are interested in having a procedure done and would like to see if you meet the candidacy requirements, schedule a consultation with Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger by calling our practice at (610) 355-4275 today!

July 08, 2015

There are currently a number of procedures that help your face look more youthful by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles that come with aging and other environmental factors, but what about the hands? Well as of last month, the FDA has approved Radiesse for the use of treatment on hands.

This is the first injectable to be cleared by the FDA for the purpose of hand rejuvenation. In a year-long study of 100 patients, 98% reported an improved appearance in their hands. Radiesse is an ideal non-toxic, non-allergenic treatment as it is easy to inject, has minimal side effects, and is long lasting, with results lasting for up to a year.

Radiesse is made up of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres in a gel base, and once injected the results are almost immediate. As we age, the skin tends to lose elastin and collagen, Radiesse helps the body to produce its own natural collagen.

The procedure is not recommended for anyone who suffers from a bleeding disorder, severe allergies, skin infections, or has hands that are severely lacking fat. As with any procedure, it is important that you have it administered by someone who is experienced and can avoid injecting the product directly into tendons or veins.

Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon Dr. David A. Bottger is highly experienced and is committed to providing his patients exceptional results. If you are interested in learning more about Radiesse and how it can benefit you, contact our practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your personal consultation. We happily serve residents in and around the areas of Philadelphia and Newton Square, Pennsylvania.

June 25, 2015

Millions of people in the U.S. receive Botox injections every year in order to help reduce the appearance of frown lines, furrows, wrinkles, and crows feet. Now new research has revealed a new benefit of Botox injections. The study which was recently published showed that injections may actually boost skin elasticity and collagen production.

The study which was conducted by Dr. James Bonaparte of the University of Ottawa, and Dr. David Ellis, of the University of Toronto, studied the effects on onabotulinum toxin A on the skin of 48 women, averaging 55 years of age who had never received Botox injections prior to the study.

The findings displayed an increase in pliability and elastic recoil in the facial skin. The change in composition that was seen mimicked that of more youthful skin. This effect was comparable to what one would see with radiofrequency skin tightening.

The team who conducted the study will next investigate whether or not extended Botox use has long-term benefits for the face and to determine and quantify the histologic changes that have been observed.

If you are interested in Botox injections and would like to learn more about the benefits it can offer to you, contact our practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger. We serve residents in and around the areas of Philadelphia and Newton Square, Pennsylvania.

June 22, 2015

With the welcoming of summer yesterday, many of us are making last minute attempts at looking our best for the season. Luckily there are a number of minimally invasive procedures that can help in attaining a younger and fresher appearance. If you reside in the Philadelphia region and are looking to refresh your look for the summer, contact the office of David A. Bottger, MD at (610) 355-4275 to find out what options you may have.

This time of year everyone wants to look their best for all the summer festivities. There are a number of minimally invasive aesthetic treatments that offer immediate results in the reduction of wrinkles and sun damage, with other procedures that can add volume. These following treatments are ideal to refresh your look this summer in a quick and effective manner:

Laser skin resurfacing - this non-surgical technique is a great for reversing the effects of sun exposure and aging, helping to remove discoloration, acne scars, leathery texture of skin, and fine wrinkles.

Botox - A cosmetic injection with Botox can smooth out lines and wrinkles. The most common uses are for crow's feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.

Injectable Fillers - Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse can all be used to help improve the appearance of wrinkles and fold in the forehead and around the mouth, as well as for plumping the lips.

If you are in the Philadelphia area and want to learn more about these procedures and what they can do for you, contact our practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your personal consultation today!

June 15, 2015

Every now and then we hear about an incident in which someone dies due to an unqualified surgeon performing a procedure that then goes wrong. Plastic surgery is a personal decision that people make for a variety of different reasons, it is also not cheap. When choosing to move forward with plastic surgery it is critical to go to a board certified surgeon and not take any short cuts just to save a few dollars. If you are in the Philadelphia area and are looking for a qualified plastic surgeon, contact David A. Bottger, MD at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your consultation.

Earlier this month a young lady sadly died in Queens after a butt lift that was being done by a bogus doctor in the basement of a home went wrong. Unfortunately, black market alternatives have been luring in unsuspecting customers for some time now with the promise of cosmetic procedures at cheap prices.

The difference of a few thousand dollars can regrettably be the difference between life and death as well. Plastic surgeons who are board certified and members of ASPS have to meet rigorous standards with at least six years of surgical training following medical school and an additional three year residency. Never hesitate to ask about a doctors credentials.  A certified surgeon is an expert at what they do and put their patients first by practicing safe, ethical, and efficacious plastic surgery.

If you are considering plastic surgery, contact highly-trained, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Bottger to schedule a consultation by calling (610) 355-4275. We happily serve those in or around the areas of Philadelphia and Newton Square, Pennsylvania.



May 11, 2015

It has typically been thought that spending time on your appearance and money on enhancing beauty has primarily been a concern for the female gender. Over the last several years, men have been making a booming appearance into the world of cosmetic procedures. If you are considering a procedure to help you attain a more youthful appearance, contact Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bottger, at (610) 355-4275 to schedule a consultation.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported a 273% increase in the number of men who received cosmetic procedures between 1997 and 2012.According the ASAPS, the top 5 procedures that men received in 2014 were:

  1. Liposuction
  2. Rhinoplasty
  3. Eyelid Surgery
  4. Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
  5. Facelift

Non-surgical procedures such as ultrasound therapy and fillers have become increasingly more popular among men as well, the most popular being Botox.

For some men, the choice to get cosmetic surgery is a personal one because they want to improve their appearance and feel better about themselves, while for many others the choice is driven by a career focus.

For those men who receive procedures to compete in an already competitive marketplace, the belief is that you wear your resume on your face. When it comes to success and climbing the corporate ladder, the better you look, the further you get.

The trend of men receiving cosmetic procedures remains on the rise and is expected to continue increasing over the years. If you reside in or around Philadelphia and are interested in learning more about the different cosmetic options available to you, schedule a consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger by contacting our practice at (610) 355-4275 today.



May 05, 2015

Cellulite is a common condition that affects about 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men in their lifetime. The appearance of cellulite affects those of all shapes and sizes, even those who are lean, work out, and eat. Though cellulite is not something that you can get rid of completely, certain lifestyle changes can help reduce the appearance and prevent worsening of the condition.

Though there is little scientific evidence to show that certain foods help fight cellulite, many experts have agreed that a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat and high in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and fiber can help in reducing the appearance of cellulite. The following 10 foods have been found to help improve the appearance of affected skin:

  1. Water
  2. Foods rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids
  3. Unsaturated fats
  4. Fruit
  5. Plant based protein
  6. Whole grains
  7. Lean protein
  8. Vegetables
  9. Leafy greens
  10. Foods high in vitamin C

Additionally, reducing salt intake and cutting out smoking may also help. Although lifestyle changes can aid in reducing cellulite, there is not guaranteed method that has been proven to rid the body of cellulite.

If you are residing in or around the Philadelphia area and looking to improve your self-image with body contouring, contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger to see what options we have available to you. Call us at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your consultation today.

May 01, 2015

Every year there are new trends found in the field of plastic surgery. Regardless of what current trends are, the decision to get cosmetic surgery is one that you are comfortable with and shouldn't be taken lightly. If you are in the Philadelphia area and are considering cosmetic surgery, contact experienced plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger at (610) 355-4275 for a consultation.

So far, 2015 has brought about some atypical trends in procedures. Here are 4 of the most unusual trends we have seen thus far:

  • Grin lift - As we age, the corners of the mouth have a tendency to droop. This procedure turns that frown upside down..literally. Be aware that the procedure will leave permanent scars that may not be desirable.
  • Eyebrow transplants - While thin brows were once the "it" thing, bushy brows are back in full force. An eyebrow pencil allows you to create your own personalized eyebrow stencil. The procedure involves removing a piece of scalp from the back of the head and using the hairs to graft them into your desired shape.
  • Chubby cheek surgery - A buccal lipectomy is considered a minor surgery that eliminates chubby cheeks, giving you a more contoured face. This is done by creating a small incision in the cheek and removing a gumball-sized chunk of fat out of each cheek.
  • Thigh gap surgery - With the medias recent attention given to thigh gaps, cold laser treatment is now being offered to melt away unwanted fat cells on the inner thighs . Those who go through with this procedure will need to stick to a firm diet and exercise program as well.

For those looking to improve their aesthetic appearance, Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bottger offers a variety of different services for face, body, and breasts. If you would like to discuss what your options are, call us at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your personal consultation.

April 24, 2015

Often, those considering plastic surgery wonder whether or not they are too old to be receiving the procedure they want and if the safety for these procedures decreases with age. A persons candidacy isn't dependent on age but more so on health. During your consultation, Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bottger will go over your desired goals that you wish to achieve and whether or not it is a safe and practical option. 

It seems that more and more seniors are choosing to receive cosmetic surgery procedures to help them attain a more youthful appearance. A recent study by the ASPS found that the number of elderly men and women who receive plastic surgery has increased over the years, and that the surgeries performed have been as safe as those carried out on younger patients.

The study also showed an insignificant difference in the number of postoperative complications between elderly and younger patients. The most important thing is that patients are honest about their health history or any health issues that they may have. Certain issues may prevent you from being a candidate for cosmetic surgery.

As long as you meet the required qualifications for candidacy and have realistic expectations, then you should not let your age hold you back from achieving your desired aesthetic goals. To schedule your personal consultation with Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bottger, call us at (610) 355-4275 today!

April 14, 2015

The importance of sun protection is well known with all of the information we have available on sun damage and the risks of sun exposure. When someone elects to receive cosmetic or plastic surgery, taking measures to protect your skin again sun damage is still imperative. Unfortunately, there are a lot of sunscreens out there that don't fulfill their purpose as they should.

When searching for the best sunscreen, it's a good idea to look for one that is retinyl palmitate free. Studies have shown that retinyl palmitate, which is a form of vitamin A, may actually damage DNA and accelerate the development of skin tumors and lesions.

Oxybenzone is an ingredient that some medical organizations recommend while others recommend you avoid. It has the ability to be absorbed by the body and enter the bloodstream, allowing it to cause cell damage and possibly disrupt hormones.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15, preferably SPF 30. The most important thing you want to look for when choosing a sunscreen is that it's noted as being 'broad spectrum'. This means that the sunscreen contains  ingredients to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

If you are concerned about your facial appearance due to aging skin or sun damage, contact Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Bottger for an assessment of the condition of your skin. After examination, he will give you his recommendations on what facial procedures would be your best option for restoring a youthful appearance. Call us at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your consultation today.