Breast Augmentation & Liposuction Blog

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July 26, 2016

If you have been trying hard to lose that last bit of stubborn fat from a specific area of your body, but it just isn’t responding to a healthy diet and exercise, liposuction might be right for you. Though liposuction is not always a viable option for everyone, you might be a good candidate if:

  • You are not substantially overweight. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool and works best for patients who are already near their ideal weight
  • You are in good general health. As with any surgical procedure, the healthier you are, the faster you should recover and the better your results should be.
  • You want to tone or sculpt disproportional areas of localized fat. Liposuction removes fat through a narrow tube via a suction device and works best for specific areas of your body, rather than for generalized fat removal. By targeting problem areas or areas that have more fat than others, liposuction can make your body look proportional. Liposuction is commonly used for the abdomen, hips, back, outer thighs, inner thighs, or knees. But can be used almost anywhere on the body.
  • You have adequate skin elasticity. When fat is removed, loose skin can be unsightly if you do not have adequate elasticity to allow your skin to adjust to its new shape. The older we get, the less elastic our skin becomes, so its important to let Dr. Bottger assess your condition.
  • You understand the risks and limitations of this surgical procedure. Whenever you undergo a surgical procedure, you should know what you're getting into in order to make an informed decision. Understanding what liposuction can and cannot achieve is crucial for obtaining satisfying results.

If you think you're a good candidate for liposuction or would like to have our experienced staff assist you in your procedure, please contact our Pennsylvania practice at (610) 355-4275 to schedule an appointment today.

July 20, 2016

Have you always been self-conscious that one of your breasts is larger than the other? Has having a baby made a seemingly small size difference appear even more prominent? If so, you’re not alone. Breast asymmetry is actually very common and affects more than half of all women.

While there is no single cause uneven breast development, contributing factors include:

  • Hormone changes
  • Physical injuries
  • Non-cancerous fibroids in the breasts
  • Scoliosis or back problems
  • Weight change
  • Age and genetic disposition
  • Pregnancy and/or breast feeding

But even though having uneven breasts is a common and natural occurrence, that doesn’t mean it can’t be corrected.

With the right type of breast surgery performed by a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. David Bottger, you can have the balanced chest you have always wanted. For many women, a customized breast augmentation can be and ideal way to even out the size of your breasts while also helping you find just the right breast size to fit the proportions of your body. Sometimes, a breast lift or reduction might also be beneficial.

During your personal consultation, Dr. Bottger can help you identify which procedure is right for you. Choosing a cosmetic procedure can be very emotional, but Dr. Bottger will be sensitive to your situation and will thoroughly explain the benefits and risk to receiving a breast augmentation.

If you’re ready to take the next step to correct your uneven chest, contact our Philadelphia office today at (610) 355-4275 to schedule a confidential breast augmentation consultation.

July 12, 2016

While many people don’t think of summer as the ideal time to undergo cosmetic surgery, it is the ideal time to begin the process. In reality, there are many things that go into a successful breast or body procedure that take place well in advance of the actual surgery. Summer is the time to take stock of your personal aesthetic goals and learn all that is needed to make a well-informed decision. Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon in Philadelphia takes time, so getting started early is a smart choice.

In addition to getting informed about your procedure, there are several things you can do well ahead of time to maximize your benefits and prepare for optimal recovery, such as:

  • Quitting smoking - Eliminating all tobacco use before your surgery is necessary to avoid serious complications from infection, bleeding, and poor healing. By quitting well in advance of your surgery, you allow your body time to heal and improve oxygen flow to your skin and organs.
  • Evaluating your diet and exercise regimen - While a crash diet or sudden intense workout program is not the way to go, several months of healthy habits will create a strong baseline so your cosmetic surgery goals can be clear. Your pre-surgical evaluation is most effective when you start from a healthy and stable physical condition.
  • Setting your expectations - One of the most crucial components to any successful cosmetic surgical procedure is to have realistic expectations and goals. Working closely with your cosmetic surgeon and building a comfortable rapport increase overall satisfaction.

To schedule an initial consultation with our Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon so you can start preparing for your cosmetic surgery procedure, call (610) 355-4275 today.

June 28, 2016

If you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery for the facebreast or body, it may be difficult to know when the time is right. Making the choice to undergo cosmetic surgery is never a simple one. While a professional plastic surgeon can help you determine your candidacy for a particular procedure, it’s important to have a personal understanding of your own body and mind.

To help you determine if you are really ready to take the leap, consider the following:

  • Are you educated? Being educated about cosmetic surgery means knowing what options are available and what each procedure can and cannot accomplish. It’s also important to understand the potential risks and complications and making a truly informed decision.
  • Are you physically prepared? Being physically healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and make a healthy recovery is a huge part of being ready for cosmetic surgery.
  • Are you mentally ready? Cosmetic surgery has a profound effect on the mental as well as the physical. To be ready for cosmetic surgery, you must have healthy motivations for your surgery and realistic expectations about the outcomes. Many cosmetic surgery procedures require time to heal and you may have to wait to see your results. It’s important to be mentally ready for these aspects of surgery.

To learn more about undergoing procedures and determining your cosmetic surgery candidacy, call our Philadelphia practice at (610) 355-4275 today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bottger.

June 14, 2016

When deciding on whether to have a plastic surgery procedure done, it's important not only to choose the right procedure, but also the right plastic surgeon. You'll want to have someone you trust and feel comfortable with doing the work. But how do you find the right surgeon? What are the right questions to ask? Here are a few good questions to ask any surgeon you are considering for your procedures:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons. Dr. Bottger is certified by the ABPS.
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons? Dr. Bottger is a member of the ASPS, the world's largest plastic surgery specialty organization and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
  • How many years of plastic surgery experience do you have? Dr. Bottger has over twenty years of plastic surgery experience in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform my procedure? If so, which hospitals? Dr Bottger is on the medical staffs of Bryn Mawr Hospital and Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Each procedure is unique and has its own requirements, but generally if you're in good overall health, know the risks, and are reasonable in your expectations, Dr. Bottger will help you determine if the procedure you are interested in is the right one for you.

Dr. Bottger is happy to answer these and any other plastic surgery questions you have to help you feel comfortable about making a decision. To schedule a consultation, call our Philadelphia practice at (610) 355-4275 today. 

June 08, 2016

You notice the lines and wrinkles have become much more visible on your face. You study your crinkly forehead, the deepening lines on the outside of your eyes and the frown lines around your mouth. You look older than you feel and it’s time to do something about it, but you don’t want to undergo a surgical facelift. Luckily, Dr. Bottger offers a variety of non-invasive options to reduce and eliminate signs of facial aging.

Popular alternative options to reduce the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles include injectables and fillers such as:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic – BOTOX reduces wrinkles and brow furrows and is typically used for frown lines (lines between the eyebrows), forehead lines, crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes) and can also be used to raise the brow area for a simulated brow lift. Results last 4 to 5 months.
  • Restylane® - This gel filler is typically used to plump lines and fold between the nose and lip, the downturn of the mouth and lines between eyebrows. Results last up to 6 months.
  • Radiesse® - As a biodegradable injectable, this is used in similar locations as Restylane®. Results can last up to 2 years.
  • Juvederm™ - This gel filler comes in thick and thin applications and targets similar treatment areas as Restylane®, however, the thinner gel can treat fine lines such as those on the upper lip sometimes cause by smoking. Results are typically longer lasting than Restylane®.

Sometimes, depending on your unique needs, you may still want to consider combining injectables with additional facial procedures.

To find out about your alternatives facelift options in Philadelphia, contact David A. Bottger, M.D. today at (610) 355-1929 to schedule a confidential plastic surgery consultation.

May 24, 2016

If you want to improve the size or shape of your breasts, whether because they are asymmetrical or you are just unsatisfied with their natural size, breast enlargement might be right for you. When considering breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to remember that it is a personal decision and you should make it for yourself and not someone else.

You might want to consider breast enlargement options in Philadelphia if:

  • You feel your breasts are too small
  • Your breasts have lost shape or volume after weight loss, a pregnancy, or with aging
  • The upper part of your breast appears “empty”
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical
  • Either or both breasts have failed to develop normally
  • You've had trauma to your breasts and want them restored

Whatever the reason, Dr. Bottger can help you through the process of determining if you're a viable candidate for breast enlargement. The best candidates for augmentation surgery are those who:

  • Are in good general health
  • Have fully-developed breasts
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure

The best way to determine if breast augmentation is the right procedure for you is to let Dr. Bottger assess your needs in person.

To schedule an initial consultation to find out more about your breast enlargement options in Philadelphia, call (610) 355-4275 today. We happily welcome patients residing in and around the areas of Philadelphia, Newtown Square, and West Chester, Pennsylvania.

May 17, 2016

Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon can have a significant and lasting impact on your life. In order to find the right Newton Square cosmetic surgeon for your specific plastic surgery needs, there are a number of factors to consider.

To narrow down your search, locate cosmetic surgeons who:

  • Have accredited board certifications – There is a critical difference between board certified practitioners and cosmetic surgeons who do not hold the same accreditations. Dr. Bottger is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. In addition, he is a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, so you can be sure he meets the highest qualifications.
  • Have relevant experience - Of course experience matters, but highly experienced plastic surgeons often specialize in a certain type of surgery or area of the body. Make sure that your plastic surgeon is highly experienced in the type of surgery you are considering, whether it’s a body contouring surgery or a facial procedure. Dr. Bottger specializes in various types of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Have good customer service - Customer service is one of the most overlooked qualifications when choosing a plastic surgeon. It goes beyond a polite staff and timely appointments. You want to make sure that your surgeon takes the time to build a relationship with you where you feel secure and confident in the process. Be sure you know exactly what the procedure will entail, from costs, to recovery time. Attentive and caring staff should help you through the entire process. At our plastic surgery office, giving you a personalized, positive and satisfying experience is a top priority.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced Newtown Square cosmetic surgeon, call Dr. Bottger at (610) 355-4275 today. 

May 11, 2016

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift is to schedule a personalized consultation with board certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger. During your consultation, Dr. Bottger and his staff will thoroughly evaluate your skin condition and discuss your specific goals and expectations to determine your facelift candidacy.

Some of the factors that will be considered include:

  • Skin elasticity – Patients with skin that is elastic and supple will see the best facelift results.
  • Bone structure – Healthy and well-defined bone structure provides a strong foundation for the many points of alteration made during a facelift procedure.
  • Good overall health – Like any surgical procedure, the healing process depends on vitality and good health overall. In addition, solid mental health and realistic expectations are critical to your success and overall satisfaction with your surgical outcomes.
  • Loose skin – Patients with sagging, wrinkled skin on the cheeks and neck, or “jowls” stand to benefit substantially from the reduction of excess skin and fat.
  • Deep nasolabial folds – Deep lines running from the nose to the corner of the mouth are one primary reason to seek a facelift.

It is important to understand the risks and complications of facelift surgery, as well as to have a full understanding of the procedure and the recovery process before making your decision. If facelift surgery is not right for you, we offer a wide range of non-surgical treatments to help you better reach your goals.

To learn more about facelifts performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Philadelphia area, contact Dr. Bottger today at (613) 355-1929 to schedule an initial consultation.

April 26, 2016

Do My Eyelids Need A Lift? | Philadelphia, Newtown SquareEyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in America. This procedure is great for aging skin and accumulating fat deposits in your upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can take years off of your appearance by removing excess skin and tissue and tightening the skin. This procedure can also help men and women who have vision difficulty due to sagging skin.

Our cosmetic surgeon in Philadelphia offers eyelid surgery, which can be done in conjunction with a browlift and facelift to make your overall face appear years younger.

You could be the perfect candidate for eyelid surgery if you have any of these eyelid issues:

  • Under eye bags
  • Puffiness in your upper and/or lower eyelids
  • You often appear groggy or tired
  • Vision impairment from excess skin and fat tissue

There are some medical and optical conditions that may exclude you from having eyelid surgery such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Dry eye
  • Previous LASIK eye surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperthyroidism

These conditions don't always limit your cosmetic surgery options. The best way to know if you're a candidate for eyelid surgery is during your initial consultation with Dr. Bottger.

If you're interested in eyelid surgery, please call Dr. Bottger in Philadelphia today at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your initial consultation. Our office serves clients in Philadelphia and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.