Month: November 2020

Plastic Surgery is About You, Not About Trends

Just like there are trends in fashion, hair, and makeup, we have seen trends in plastic surgery come and go. For some time, it was trendy to have very large breasts; as in breasts so large that they looked fake. Now, we have an increasing number of women removing their breast implants altogether. A few years ago, the trend was the bubble-butt or the Booty Boom. A few years before that, everyone wanted “Kylie lips.” What is important to understand about trends is that they come and go. That’s just how trends work. When considering something as significant as plastic surgery, there are many things to consider. We discuss them here.

There is No Ideal Body Type

Since the dawn of the 20th Century alone, we witnessed several different body types take the limelight. Early in the 1900s, what was called the “Gibson Girl” was the ideal. This body type was created by corsets, not by Mother Nature. In the 1920s, all women wanted to look like the Flapper, with virtually no curves. By the 1950s, it was the hourglass figure a-la Elizabeth Taylor that garnered all the attention. Just a decade later, though, society was in love with the waiflike stick-thin figure.

The point to understand here is that trends may affect your fashion choices but should not affect how you feel about your body. Your body type is determined by your genetic code. There is little control over this. There is some degree of control, though, over the smaller details, such as how tight the abdominal muscles are and how shapely the breasts are. Some of the things we can control don’t even require plastic surgery. A healthy lifestyle may be highly successful at maintaining a relatively thin frame and toned muscles.

Where Plastic Surgery Comes In

Plastic surgery can help refine various parts of the body. Various procedures that are popular include those that correct the signs of aging, that sculpt the body after pregnancy or weight loss, and that enhance features that are naturally small, such as the breasts.

What is necessary for plastic surgery to be successful is that it bring more harmony to the face or body. Undergoing plastic surgery to achieve the current “ideal” could lead to dissatisfaction or even self-consciousness within just a few years. We want to empower our patients to know that they, not societal trends, determine what is ideal for them. When plastic surgery is approached from this perspective, it can lead to years of heightened self-confidence.

Explore your options for facial or body enhancement with us. Call 513.985.0850 to schedule an appointment with board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Donna Krummen in our Cincinnati office.

Rejuvenate Your Look with the Plasma Pen

As we get older, we know that we will see some fine lines and wrinkles, blotchy skin, or sun damage. These are common signs of aging that cannot be eliminated even with the best facelift. This is why, over the past several years, various manufacturers have developed devices using innovative technology. Our Cincinnati office is equipped with one such device, the Plasma Pen. We are excited about what this device can do for the skin. Here, we discuss how this technology works and what it has to offer aging skin.

How the Plasma Pen Works

Back when we were in school, we learned about liquids, solids, and gasses. There is another state of matter: plasma. This state of matter is formed by a reaction between electrostatic energy and ionized gas. The reaction creates thermal energy (heat), which then reacts with atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen. These exist just next to the skin. When plasma comes into contact with the gasses next to the skin, a plasma arc occurs.

The plasma arc that forms next to the skin evaporates immediately but has a positive effect on the outer layers of the skin. This arc causes the epidermis to contract and also causes thermal stress within the dermis. Thermal stress is a good thing; it stimulates the development of new collagen. With a new influx of collagen, the foundational layer of the skin is remodeled to look smoother, brighter, tighter, and more uniform.

What Happens After Plasma Pen Treatment

Following a Plasma Pen treatment, patients experience tiny scabs where the plasma has affected the skin. These look like pinpoint dots. They fall off within a few days, leaving smoother, softer, more glowing skin behind. This is just the immediate improvement, though. Over time, as new collagen forms, the skin looks tighter and generally younger overall.

The Plasma Pen can be used nearly anywhere on the body and is particularly effective at treating the fine lines and wrinkles that develop around the eyes and mouth. Because plasma stimulates collagen production by placing stress on fibroblast cells, this treatment is also a good solution for sagging skin on the face, jawline, and neck. It can also be used to tighten skin on the abdomen or backs of the arms. Finally, collagen stimulation therapy can be performed to reduce the appearance of scars.

If you want to look younger and feel better but don’t want to undergo surgery, the Plasma Pen may be your ideal treatment. Learn more! Schedule your appointment with Dr. Krummen at 513.985.0850.

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