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September 22, 2016

Gynecomastia is the term used to describe male breasts. This condition is not simply due to weight gain as many men might assume. Instead, gynecomastia can begin in adolescence and continue to be a source of embarrassment for many years, even with a healthy diet and exercise regimen in place. Fortunately, male breast reduction surgery can help reduce the unwanted appearance of oversized male breasts.

You may be suffering from gynecomastia if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Enlargement of the glandular tissues which results in the appearance of male breasts
  • Distended nipples
  • Discoloration of the nipples and areolas
  • Sensitivity and discomfort in the chest area

There are many causes of gynecomastia and the condition may be affecting your body for any number of reasons including:

  • Hormone changes and hormone imbalances, usually when more estrogen is produced than testosterone
  • Use of anabolic steroids and other types of medications
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Aging

Depending on your unique circumstances, you may benefit from gynecomastia surgery. The best way to determine if this treatment option is right for you is to contact an experienced plastic surgeon.

If you are suffering from gynecomastia and you feel embarassed about your condition, we are here to help you. Please call David A. Bottger, M.D. at (610) 355-4275 to schedule a free consultation today to discuss male breast reduction options. Our Pennsylvania gynecomastia surgeon can help you find the right treatment and can help you obtain the body that you have always desired. 

September 14, 2016

September 28 is National Women's Health and Fitness Day. And while it's a good idea to always keep your health and fitness in mind, this can serve as a useful impetus for taking the necessary steps to keep yourself healthy in the long-term.

Exercise and fitness are, of course, not just about keeping yourself healthy. They're also crucial for your self-esteem and self-confidence. When you exercise and eat right, you feel good about yourself, and this confidence makes life more enjoyable.

Dr. Bottger has always been committed to helping women feel better about themselves. And while this always includes a balanced diet and vigorous exercise, the reality is that there are some aesthetic concerns that diet and exercise can't quite address. In these cases, a cosmetic procedure can help the appearance of your body match your underlying level of health, fitness and energy.

Liposuction, for example, is perfect if you eat right and exercise but still find yourself with stubborn deposits of fat that don't respond to all of your efforts. Liposuction can safely and permanently remove these deposits.

Similarly, an abdominoplasty is a great option to tighten loose abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, both of which can come about as a result of pregnancy or bad luck and which can be resistant to diet and exercise.

Finding the right procedure for you is all about a careful, respectful consideration of your goals and concerns. You can trust us to provide you with learned advice based on our decades of cosmetic surgery experience.

If you're looking for a cosmetic surgeon in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area you can trust, please call Dr. David A. Bottger today at 610-355-4275. 

August 24, 2016

In many American cities, it is legal for men to walk topless in public, but illegal for women to do so. An organization dedicated to changing that sponsors an annual Go Topless Day. Held every year on the Sunday closes to Women's Equality Day, this year's Go Topless Day will be held on August 28.

Women from around the country are signing up to participate in topless rallies/protests, and there are events scheduled in Washington DC and New York City. You can read more about the events here.

Our office generally avoids taking political positions on public controversies. But we do believe women should be confident in, and proud of, their breasts, and that too many women have been shamed for too long.

Many women are comfortable with their natural breasts, and that's wonderful. However, our Philadelphia plastic surgeon knows that many other women struggle with a lack of confidence. If you are in this group, if you think your breasts are too small or they sag too much, plastic surgery might provide a solution.

Dr. David A. Bottger offers a range of breast surgery procedures to help you meet your specific aesthetic goals. We believe in listening to you and your concerns, treating you with the respect you deserve as a woman and an individual.

If you want to learn more about breast surgery from our experienced Philadelphia, Pennsylvania plastic surgeon, please call Dr. David A. Bottger today at 610-355-4275 for a consultation. 

August 17, 2016

An excess of breast tissue, producing the appearance of “breasts” on men, is a common, embarrassing condition for men in the Philadelphia area. Known as gynecomastia, this condition can prevent you from fully enjoying your life in the way you want to.

If you're dealing with gynecomastia, you might be considering male breast reduction surgery. When performed by our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, male breast reduction is safe, simple and effective.

But is it right for you? Dr. Bottger only recommend surgery when it's the right course of action for a patient. We want to help you achieve your goals- safely.

The ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery:

  • Are in good overall health, with no active infections
  • Are non-smokers
  • Are mentally healthy and possessed of reasonable expectations for the procedure
  • Have firm, well-toned skin that will react well to glandular removal

Of course, the only way to know for sure if you're a candidate for breast reduction surgery is to arrange a consultation with Dr. Bottger. He'll talk to you about your concerns, answer your questions and help you determine if surgery is the right choice for you.

If you live in or around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and you're considering surgery to address gynecomastia, please call Dr. David A Bottger today at 610-355-4275. 

August 09, 2016

Often times when people think about cosmetic surgery, they assume it is only an option for women, however, men frequently undergo the same procedures to achieve satisfying results that meet more masculine needs. There are also procedures geared specifically toward men. Whether there is a part of your face or body that you want changed, there is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help you sculpt your body.

Some of the most common cosmetic body procedures utilized by men include:

  • Abdominoplasty – This procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess fat from the abdomen to give you a more attractive physique.
  • Liposuction – This body sculpting option removes excess fat from various parts of the body that exercise & diet cannot address.
  • Male Breast Reduction – This procedure for men is used to help remove gynecomastia (male breasts) and to give men a flatter chest.

Some facial procedures that can be tailored to meet men’s needs include:

  • Injectables – These can help tighten and reduce wrinkles and sagging to keep you looking youthful.
  • Chin Implants – You can use chin plants to achieve a more distinct chin/ jaw line.
  • Rhinoplasty – To achieve a more distinct, manly and proportional profile, a nose job can be an ideal solution.

If you are a man who is unhappy with any part of your body and want to find out more information about your options to improve your appearance and happiness, contact Dr. Bottger today at (610) 355-4275 to schedule your cosmetic surgery consultation in Philadelphia. 

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.