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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.

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.