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September 30, 2015

A thigh lift is a procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from either the outer or inner thigh. This helps to better smooth out the thighs to help better suit the

 contours of your body. Excess sagging skin around the thighs often results from loss of skin elasticity, weight fluctuations, and aging. To learn more about thigh lifts or other available body contouring options, contact our Philadelphia practice at (610) 355-4275 today!

Thigh lift surgery is desirable for many individuals after bariatric or substantial weight loss. It is also considered by those who have trouble reducing the excess tissue in their thighs through diet and exercise. Reasons to consider a thigh lift include:

  • Difficulty fitting into clothing due to larger thighs that are not proportionate to the rest of your body
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Desire for your thighs to have a firmer look and feel, or to better suit the contours of your body
  • If you feel distress over loose or flabby skin

In combination with the procedure, liposuction is often used to better contour the thigh, allowing for an even more drastic enhancement. As a result, the thighs will appear much smoother and firmer.

If you would like to learn more about thigh lifts or to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon David Bottger M.D., contact our Philadelphia practice by calling (610) 355-4275. We happily welcome patients residing in and around the areas of Philadelphia and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

September 28, 2015

A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is intended to improve the abdominal contour. To learn more about a tummy tuck and other contouring options, contact our Philadelphia plastic surgery practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule a complimentary consultation today!

Though you may be several weeks out from your tummy tuck procedure, it is never too early to start preparing for your surgery. When preparing to undergo abdominoplasty, you may be unsure on what you should be doing. The following tips can help you prepare for surgery and make sure that your body is ready for an effective recovery:

  • In the weeks leading up to surgery, make sure you are exercising daily to help boost your immune system. Keep in mind that you should not be overdoing abdominal exercises. Some options we recommend are swimming, yoga, and weightlifting.
  • For those who are smokers, refrain from smoking a couple weeks prior to surgery. Once surgery is complete, you should continue to abstain from smoking until you are fully healed.
  • To help heal in a timely manner, incorporate an plentiful amount of protein into your diet. This will not only help in preparing your body for surgery, but it will also boost your metabolism as well.
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication for the first few weeks before and after your procedure. Drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin (e.g., Advil or Motrin), and naproxen (e.g., Aleve) can increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. For this reason, it is best to avoid these over-the-counter medications to lower your risk.

During your consultation Dr. Bottger will thoroughly address any questions or concerns you may have, and will go over all preoperative guidelines.

To schedule your complimentary Philadelphia plastic surgery consultation, contact our practice at (610) 355-4275. We serve residents in and around the areas of Philadelphia and Newton Square, Pennsylvania.

September 17, 2015

Mommy makeovers have become an increasingly popular obtain for moms to attain their youthful pre-pregnancy body after having children. If you have completed your family and are ready to get your pre-pregnancy body back, a mommy makeover may be just what you're looking for. To learn more about what options you may have, contact our Philadelphia practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

The main appeal of a mommy makeover is the ability to address multiple concerns with a single surgery and recovery period. The combination of procedures performed are uniquely tailored to each individual . The most common procedures patients receive during a mommy makeover are:

  • Breast enhancement / breast lift – Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to sag and lose their shape. A breast procedure can not only add fullness but can also help to restore sagging breasts to a more youthful position.
  • Liposuction – Diet and exercise is not always enough to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat, even after you lose the baby weight.
  • Tummy tuck – After removal of excess fat, you may still experience excess skin left from the pregnancy. An abdominoplasty can help tighten up the muscles remove excess skin from the midsection.

Most patients only require one surgery over a lifetime, as long as they maintain a healthy weight afterwards through proper diet and exercise.

During your consultation, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger will help you in deciding what the most effective combination of procedures may be, while also addressing any questions or concerns you may have.

To learn more about these procedures, contact the office of Philadelphia plastic surgeon David A. Bottger, M.D. by calling us at (610) 355-4275 to schedule an initial consultation. 

September 01, 2015

When it comes to breast augmentation every patient is unique and has their own individualized preferences.  An important part of the decision making process is what kind of incision you want. During your Philadelphia breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Bottger will discuss each incision option and what factors need to be considered with each. To schedule your initial consultation, call us at (610) 355-4275.

In order to obtain optimal results, it’s important patients understand what each option entails. Dr. Bottger offers the following incision options:

  • Axillary – This incision is through the armpit, leaving no visible scar on the breast.  A fiberoptic endoscopic system is then used to insert the implants, making it a viable option for saline implants.
  • Inframammary- This option places the incision at the crease of the breast. The incision is about one to two inches, can accommodate all implants, and because of its location the scar is well concealed making it one of the more popular options for patients.
  • Periareolar - This incision is placed along the lower border of the areola. The scar produced is typically fine and much less obvious, however, this form of incision is generally too small for silicone breast implants.
  • Umbilical - This option places the incision through the belly button and can be used for saline implants. A pathway to each breast will be created where the implant will be passed through and then inflated once placed.

There will be a number of factors that contribute to what the best incision option will be for a patient. Dr. Bottger will go over what you are wanting out of your breast augmentation and help you in determining what your best option may be.

To learn more about your incision options for breast augmentation in Philadelphia, contact our practice at (610) 355-4275  to schedule your consultation with David M. Bottger, M.D. today!

August 28, 2015

Many women who undergo breast augmentation tend to wonder if it will make a difference in how they exercise. Most women who undergo the procedure tend to continue enjoying their active lifestyles. If you have questions or concerns about breast augmentation, contact our Philadelphia practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your consultation with our highly experience plastic surgeon.

Exercise is beneficial to a person's overall health, so we wouldn't want anyone to think that they would be limited to such a thing after a breast augmentation. Immediately after the procedure, you want to limit physical activity for the purposes of recovery. Within a few day most patients can resume limited, low-impact exercises such as stretching and walking, depending on how comfortable they feel.

As you continue healing, additional low-impact cardio exercises can be incorporated in your routine. Within the first couple weeks of recovery you may begin activities such as light cycling, however, walking will still be the best option at that point.

At this point you still want to avoid activities that put stress on the entire body, such as running, swimming, or jumping. After about three weeks you can being to exercises targeting the lower body. Keep in mind that you are still healing so be cautious.

It is recommended that you avoid any upper body workouts until you have completely healed from your breast surgery. After your breast implant procedure you will want to always wear a supportive sports bra whenever you engage in physical fitness.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation or have additional questions about exercising after your procedure with Dr. David Bottger, please contact our practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your personal consultation today .


August 14, 2015

Cosmetic procedures are a very personal decision that not only helps to improve your appearance but your confidence as well. When we don't feel good about how we look, it can take a large toll on how we feel. If you have been considering cosmetic surgery but are unsure of your options and have questions, contact David M. Bottger, M.D. at (610) 355-4275 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

To be the best version of yourself, you not only need to be happy with your appearance but you need to feel good as well. The following have been scientifically proven to boost your mood when consumed:

Eating foods containing folate regulates serotonin levels while also helping the body create new cells. Asparagus, beets, lentils, parsley, romaine lettuce, and spinach are all excellent sources of folate.

Consuming magnesium helps boost your mood by increasing energy while also stimulating serotonin production. Choose pumpkin seeds for one of the richest sources of magnesium. Other good sources of magnesium include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, flaxseed, pecans, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, and spinach.

Chromium helps increase the production of melatonin, norepinephrine, and serotonin. The best chromium sources are broccoli, potatoes, turkey breast, and grape juice.

Vitamin B6
Pyridoxine, which is vitam

in B6, has been shown to help with depression by increasing levels of serotonin, dopamine, and gamma amino butyric acid levels.  Bell peppers, spinach, and turnip greens are all great sources of vitamin B6.

If you are ready to transform your appearance, contact Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David M. Bottger at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your consultation. We serve residents in and around the areas of Philadelphia and Newton Square, Pennsylvania.

July 30, 2015

As we age our skin begins losing its ability to hold moisture and is slower to heal. The unraveling of our skin's elasticity and structure contributes to the wrinkling of the skin. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but luckily there are certain measures we can take to help in reducing their appearance. For those who are unhappy with their appearance due to lines and wrinkles, Dr. David Bottger offers a number of facial rejuvenation procedures to help restore a more youthful look.

Facial rejuvenation can take years off of the appearance of our faces, but there are also additional steps you can take at home. The following tips can aid in keeping your skin looking young:

  • Wash frequently - Environmental pollution is a contributing factor when it comes to aging changes in the skin. Make sure to wash your face whenever you come in from outdoors.
  • Be mindful when it comes to how you sleep - Sleeping on your side causes sleep lines when using a cotton pillowcase. To help avoid this make sure you use a silk or satin pillowcase and try to sleep on your back.
  • Use an upward motion when applying products - When you pull on your skin in a downward motion you are pulling down on your collagen, unknowingly creating wrinkles.
  • Wear sunscreen - A key aspect in helping to slow down the aging process is to wear a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen on a daily basis, regardless of whether or not it is sunny out.
  • Watch your diet - It's important to avoid or limit alcohol consumption because of how it affects the blood supply to your skin. A diet that is rich in antioxidants is best when it comes to slowing down the aging process.

Don't forget to take care of your neck and chest in the same manner as they get a large amount of exposure wrinkle causing factors as well.

If you are concerned about your facial appearance due to sun damage or aging, contact David M. Bottger, M.D. at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your Philadelphia facial rejuvenation consultation today!

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.