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You’ve Had a Facelift. Now What?

Posted on: February 10th, 2019
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Facelift surgery is performed to counteract the typical signs of aging and the effects of sun damage. It is the go-to procedure to address lines, wrinkles, and volume loss on the mid and lower regions of the face and neck. While this procedure is at the top of the list regarding effectiveness and longevity in its results, no anti-aging procedure will ever be permanent because no surgery can stop the continual and natural progression of aging.

Pretty woman

If you have had a facelift and are once again noticing the frustration of aging, Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery offers several non-surgical and non-invasive options to restore and maintain your youthful facial contours.

Laser Skin Tightening

Laser skin tightening returns youthfulness to the face and neck by using laser heat to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is the protein found in your skin that is responsible for your skin’s structure and suppleness. These laser treatments reach deep layers of the skin so that you can achieve correction of even moderate to severe facial lines. Often, there is little or no downtime or recovery period, and you can return to normal activities immediately following treatment.

Injectables

Injectable treatments offer relief from fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss. Injectables use a variety of ingredients and formulas to restore volume to hollowed facial features and deep lines and indentations. Although these injectables only offer temporary relief, they can be repeated as often as necessary to keep your skin looking smooth and plump. Some of the injectable treatments offered by Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery include:

  • Hyaluronic acid fillers like JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, Sculptra® Aesthetic, and RADIESSE®: These fillers bind moisture to the skin to maintain youthful fullness.
  • RADIESSE®: This injectable stimulates collagen production and provides structure to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic: This treatment restores volume to facial fat loss by promoting collagen growth.

Combining Treatments

While laser skin tightening and injectables are useful in touching up newly formed wrinkles and fine lines after facelift surgery, they can also be performed in combination with a facelift to address the signs of aging in the upper regions of the face. Lasers and injectable treatments can restore youthfulness to the eye and forehead area while the facelift is doing the same to the middle and lower region of the face. And dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®, can enhance fullness and plumpness to the lips that is not possible through traditional facelift surgery.

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

PRP utilizes a patient’s own blood to obtain plasma rich in platelets. A high tech double centrifuge is used to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the blood that is drawn from the arm. Platelets contain many growth factors that enhance collagen synthesis, which ultimately improves the quality of the skin and can add volume to the areas where it is injected.

Maintaining Your Results

No matter what procedure, or combination of procedures, you undergo, it is up to you to maintain your results. Facial aging will continue, but you can help to postpone it. Protecting yourself from the sun, following a nutritious diet, and a good skin care regimen will all help to push back the formation of fine lines and wrinkles so that you can wait a little longer before considering a touch-up procedure.

For more information about any of these procedures, contact Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 or by filling out our online contact form to set up a consultation.


Gain Comfort by Reducing Your Breasts

Posted on: February 1st, 2019
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Excess glandular and fatty breast tissue creates physical discomfort for both women and men. This discomfort can range from minor to debilitating and can affect the quality of life for many individuals. Unfortunately, excess tissue and fat in the breasts do not often respond to diet and exercise, and for many individuals, surgery is their only option. Reduction procedures like breast reduction for women and gynecomastia surgery for men can ease breast-related discomfort and allow individuals to get back to the activities they love.

Woman wearing a sports bra

What Causes Discomfort?

Having excess breast tissue places a strain on the back, neck, shoulders, and chest. While this is more often seen in women with cumbersome breasts, it can also be experienced in men with a significant excess of tissue. Any excess tissue is extra weight, and as gravity pulls this tissue downward, additional pressure is placed on the surrounding areas. Women often have to change their posture to counteract the weight of the breasts; this can put their spine out of alignment and create further damage and discomfort.

In addition to the physical discomfort, both men and women experience unsightly and undesirable skin conditions due to their breasts rubbing together. As this happens, rashes and dry skin forms between and under the breasts. These rashes can be itchy or downright painful.

How Can Surgical Treatments Help?

For Women

Breast reduction surgery is performed on women who suffer from the effects of overly large breasts. Through incisions made around the areola and vertically down the breast, Dr. Schlechter removes excess glandular and fatty tissue that results in smaller, more compact, and lighter breasts.

For Men

Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by excess breast tissue and fat in men. This creates both physical and emotional discomfort. Gynecomastia is treated through gynecomastia surgery. This surgery is typically a multistep procedure that uses both liposuction and surgical excision. Liposuction or Smartlipo™ is first used to remove any excess fatty tissue in the breast before breast tissue and skin are surgically removed.

For more information or to schedule up a consultation, please contact Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 or by filling out our online contact form.


Natural Breast Augmentation

Posted on: January 14th, 2019
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Saline or silicone implants are the most common form of breast augmentation. While these provide a safe and noticeable way to enhance the volume and shape of the breasts, implants are not right for every woman. Breast augmentation with fat transfer offers similar, natural-looking results with fewer risks.

Woman wearing white bra with arms covering her chest

Benefits of Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

Remove Unwanted Fat

Breast augmentation with fat transfer uses fat instead of implants as the augmenting material. During this procedure, liposuction removes unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, or buttocks and transfers it to the breasts to increase their volume and shape. Fat grafting takes fat from an area where you do not want it, and moves it to one that you do, allowing you to treat two concerns at one time. Even with diet and exercise, many women struggle with losing the final pounds around the abdomen and thighs. Fat transfer removes these fat cells and puts them to good use. Enhancement of the breasts with fat transfer is dependent on the amount of fat that can be harvested. More than one treatment is sometimes necessary to achieve the desired result.

Reduces Implant-Related Risks

Scar tissue forms around any foreign object that is placed in the body, including breast implants. Occasionally, this scar tissue tightens and squeezes the implant, forcing it to change shape and causing a significant amount of physical discomfort. This is known as capsular contracture. Although capsular contracture does not always occur, it is the most common complication associated with breast implants today.

Since the fat injected is your own, it is not a “foreign” object, and therefore no scar tissue will form. No scar tissue means no capsular contracture.

Fat Does Not Have a Time Limit

Breast implants are long-lasting; however, they are not necessarily permanent. Implants are expected to last between 10 and 15 years. Some last longer, while others experience complications much sooner. Fat transfer does not have a time limit. The fat that is injected into the breasts is unlikely to be significantly absorbed or lost with time. This makes fat transfer a longer-lasting option for breast augmentation. Loss of volume from fat transfer can occur with significant weight loss.

Breast augmentation with fat transfer or implants can lead to satisfying results. To learn more about breast enhancement, or to set up a consultation, call Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery at (610) 624-2740, or fill out our online contact form.


Surgical Arm Lift vs. Laser Arm Lift

Posted on: January 3rd, 2019
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

For many individuals, the upper arms can be a significant source of insecurity. Weight fluctuations and aging can lead to the development of excess fat and loose skin. When these two things are combined, you may be left with flabby, undesirable arms that seem impossible to tone without cosmetic help. And no one wants to cover up their arms every day, especially in the warm summer months. Fortunately, many treatments can slim, tone, and define the upper arms.

Woman Holding Arm With Excess Fat

The Surgical Arm Lift

The surgical arm lift procedure addresses excess fat and skin laxity in the upper arms resulting from weight fluctuations and natural aging. Brachioplasty is a procedure that reduces the circumference of the arm by surgically removing the excess fat and hanging skin that contribute to the dreaded “bat wing” appearance. During your brachioplasty procedure, Dr. Schlechter makes an incision on the inside of your arm that usually runs from your armpit to your elbow. He then removes the excess fat and skin to reveal slimmer, smoother, and shaplier arms.

The Laser Arm Lift

While surgery is the most sure-fire way to improve skin laxity and remove excess fat in the upper arms, it isn’t the only way. If you dislike the appearance of your upper arms but are not ready for cosmetic surgery, Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery offers the laser arm lift. This alternative to the traditional arm lift uses the Smartlipo® Triplex® system or Renuvion™ to tighten loose arm skin. Dr. Schlechter performs this procedure using only a tiny incision in your upper arm. The Smartlipo® Triplex® technology administers laser energy to the upper arm through this incision, liquifying the excess fat in the arms so it is more easily removed with little trauma to the surrounding tissues. This laser energy also causes the skin to tighten, lessening its lax quality and appearance. Renuvion™ is a combination of radio frequency and helium to heat and cook the tissues at the same time, resulting in skin and tissue tightening.

Which Is for You?

While both the traditional arm lift and the laser arm lift offer unique benefits, it is essential to find the technique that is right for you. A laser arm lift is ideal for patients with a smaller amount of excess fat and hanging skin. Because the laser arm lift tightens the skin instead of removing it, it cannot correct the same level of skin laxity as arm lift surgery can. If you have previously lost a significant amount of weight and have a more considerable amount of excess skin, the laser arm lift may not provide the appearance you want, even if you would prefer a less invasive procedure. Setting up a consultation is the only way to identify which option is best for you.

If you are tired of the appearance of your arms, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to set up a consultation with Dr. Schlechter.


The Rise in Social Media is Creating Selfie Awareness

Posted on: December 18th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

In the wake of the “selfie” revolution, millennials are turning to cosmetic surgery in droves. Both surgical and non-surgical procedures have seen a consistent spike in recent years, and many attribute this increase to young men and women desiring to look better in their selfies.

Woman taking a selfie

Areas of Enhancement

Double Chin

Procedures that have seen a significant increase due to selfie awareness are those that improve the appearance of the dreaded “double chin.” Submental fullness has been damaging men and women’s self-confidence for decades. There are both non-surgical and surgical procedures to treat a double chin. truSculpt™ is a non-invasive procedure that can target and treat submental fat. This procedure uses pulses of radiofrequency energy to destroy unwanted fat cells in the neck area while simultaneously shrinking skin to reveal a tight and firm jawline that will be noticeable in your selfies. KYBELLA® is an FDA-approved injectable that targets and eliminates submental fat. It accomplishes this by absorbing and destroying the fat cells so that fat can no longer be stored beneath the chin. Most patients require two to six treatments to achieve their desired results. For patients with a higher degree of submental fullness, liposuction of the chin and neck combined with the skin-tightening procedure Renuvion™ can remove a double chin.

Nose

Another surgical procedure that has seen an increase thanks to selfies is rhinoplasty. Many patients are finding that the proximity of their camera to their face can sometimes flatten or accentuate the size and shape of their noses. For this reason, many young men and women are choosing to undergo nose surgery. Rhinoplasty can reshape and recontour the nose to match your desired nasal appearance, whether it is for confidence-enhancing reasons or selfie-related concerns. Non-surgical can also be performed to help camouflage the nasal hump. Fillers in other areas of the nose can also help enhance the appearance.

Lips

While some individuals are born with naturally thin lips, other patients experience thinning of the lips with the progression of aging. Injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC, and Restylane® Silk can enhance lip fullness, allowing millennials to achieve more luscious, full lips in just one treatment.

While the idea of looking better in selfies is leading many millennials to choose cosmetic surgery, it isn’t the only benefit that these procedures can provide. Both non-surgical and surgical cosmetic treatments can help individuals restore their youthful contours, improve their confidence, and increase their self-esteem.

To learn more about these treatments, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to set up a consultation.


Lose the Fat Without Surgery

Posted on: December 4th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Individuals who are fed up with the inability to lose those final few pounds often turn to cosmetic surgery for help. If this sounds like something that you may also be interested in, know that you are not alone. There is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring a little extra help when it comes to sculpting your physique and attacking those final few inches. Some areas of fat are resistant to any amount of diet and exercise, and, unfortunately, they always seem to be placed in the most inconvenient of places. Many people choose liposuction to remove excess fat. However, since liposuction doesn’t address skin laxity, it is often combined with a more invasive surgical procedure, such as a tummy tuck for the abdomen, an arm lift for the upper arms, or a thigh lift for the legs. While these body contouring procedures are successful in removing excess fat and treating skin laxity, they may be more invasive than some men and women want. For this reason,  Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery offers two non-invasive body contouring procedures that not only remove unwanted fat but also tighten the skin: SculpSure® and truSculpt™.

5 body images of a healthy fit woman wearing white underwear

How do SculpSure® and truSculpt™ Work?

SculpSure® and truSculpt™ are revolutionary body contouring techniques that eliminate excess fat and tighten the skin while requiring no surgery, no downtime, and no pain or discomfort. These benefits make them a great alternative to liposuction and other more invasive surgical procedures. SculpSure® uses laser light energy to permanently destroy the fat cells and tighten the skin whereas truSculpt™ uses radiofrequency energy to kill the fat cells and tighten the skin. The body then naturally processes and eliminates the damaged fat cells. Both of these treatments often require a minimum of two sessions, and the final fat reduction results become apparent over the following three to six months. With time, you will notice the progressive shrinking and tightening of the treatment areas.

SculpSure® Treatment Areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Love handles

truSculpt™ Treatment Areas:

  • Upper arms
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Ankles

SculptSure® Before and After Photos

Am I a Candidate?

Candidates for Sculpsure® and truSculpt™ should be at or near their ideal body weight since these treatments are not an alternative to weight loss. It is estimated that SculpSure® and truSculpt™ can help a patient lose up to 24 percent of their fat cells in the treatment area. If you desire a higher level of fat removal, these procedures may not be best for you. And while SculpSure® and truSculpt™ will remove unwanted fat and tighten the skin, candidates must be dedicated to maintaining their results. Following a healthy and active lifestyle will help ensure the quality and longevity of your results.

If you are tired of sweating it out at the gym only to achieve minimal results and are not ready for surgery, non-invasive fat reduction may be a great option for you. To learn more about SculpSure® and truSculpt™, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to schedule your consultation.


A Less Invasive Arm Lift

Posted on: November 13th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

When many women describe their “trouble spots,” the upper arms are often mentioned as one of them. Trying to tone the upper arms can be difficult and frustrating for many reasons. In the first place, the skin on the upper arms can age and sag at a faster rate than many other areas of the body. Secondly, the arms are often resistant to diet and any form of exercise or weight training. Third, the arms are not always easy to hide, especially in the warm summer months. While no one wants to consistently cover their arms with sweaters and jackets, especially in warmer weather, this is precisely what many women do to mask their least favorite feature.

Woman with toned arms behind her head

For years, sagging skin and excess fat on the upper arms was treated one way: through brachioplasty. Brachioplasty is an arm lift, a surgical procedure in which excess fat in the upper arm is removed, and excess skin is surgically excised. While this procedure creates noticeable and desirable results, it doesn’t come without costs. These “costs” include a surgical scar that can run from the elbow to the armpit and an extended recovery period in which all movement in the upper arms is limited. As the upper arms are so commonly used, this limitation can prove to be difficult. Fortunately, brachioplasty is no longer your only option when it comes to improving the contours of your upper arms. Improvements in cosmetic technology now allow us to provide a less-invasive alternative, one that comes with minimal scarring and downtime.

Liposuction with Renuvion™

While liposuction is used to remove unwanted pockets of fat on the body, the procedure does come with one limitation. This limitation is that liposuction cannot improve skin laxity. It doesn’t matter how many fat cells are removed; liposuction will not change the elasticity of your skin. This fact has long made liposuction of the arms a difficult standalone procedure as most women experience both excess fat and sagging skin. Now, all of that is about to change. Patients everywhere are experiencing the benefits of Renuvion™. Renuvion™ offers non-surgical skin tightening nearly anywhere on the body and is the perfect combination procedure with liposuction of the arms.

What is Renuvion™?

Renuvion™ technology uniquely combines helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to shrink the skin to a more youthful state. This procedure is performed by inserting the Renuvion™ wand underneath the skin through small incisions where the plasma energy is administered to the treatment area, in this case, the upper arms. The plasma energy heats the tissue, causing the skin to tighten while at the same time stimulating collagen production for ongoing benefits.

Why Combine Liposuction and Renuvion™?

Liposuction and Renuvion™ are a perfect pair when it comes to body contouring. This combination provides a less invasive option to traditional body procedures, such as an arm lift. The small and inconspicuous incisions made for liposuction are the same incisions that are used to administer Renuvion™, thus allowing for smaller scars and a quicker and more comfortable recovery period. Enjoy the results of an arm lift without the downtime.

To learn more about how Renuvion™ can benefit your physique, contact Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to set up a consultation.


A Natural Way to Turn Back the Clock

Posted on: November 5th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

These days, you have countless options for facial rejuvenation. From facials to lasers to surgical procedures, there is no shortage of choices. While these options provide benefits, they all rely on external factors. Facial rejuvenation with PRP uses wholly organic and natural means to create younger looking skin. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are in your blood, and they are responsible for natural tissue healing and cell growth. PRP treatment stems from the natural healing power of your platelets. To access their therapeutic qualities, a donor sample of blood is taken (just like a standard blood test), and a centrifugation machine separates the platelets from the blood.

Female patient receiving facial injection

Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery uses the Magellan® TruPRP™, which is a revolutionary machine that has the power to separate more platelets from the blood than any other of its kind to create powerful plasma. After obtaining the PRP, Dr. Schlechter strategically injects this it into the desired regions of your face to stimulate collagen and new cell growth.

PRP works because of your blood, and PRP injections are ideal for treating:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Deep scarring
  • Thinning skin
  • Skin laxity
  • Tone and texture irregularities
  • Decreased facial volume

Benefits of PRP for Facial Rejuvenation

Minimally-Invasive

Unlike many laser treatments or surgical enhancement, PRP is only minimally-invasive, and it requires little to no downtime. There are no incisions made and no laser energy that will cause the skin to flake off. There may be some temporary redness or a “pinched” feeling at the injection sites, but these are temporary and mild.

All Natural

PRP can increase facial volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles similar to the way that cosmetic procedures such as fillers can. The difference between these techniques, however, is that some fillers can cause an allergic reaction. Since PRP uses your own platelets, there is zero chance of experiencing an allergy, toxicity, or rejection.

Subtle Results

With PRP treatments, you will notice the subtle enhancement and improvement in your skin quality and texture. This process works to gradually erase the signs of aging and damage so that your appearance remains natural looking and refreshed.

If you are interested in learning about how PRP can help rejuvenate your appearance, contact Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740.


A Youthful-Looking Neck Leads to an Overall Youthful Appearance

Posted on: October 30th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Gravity, sun damage, and environmental factors can wreak havoc on your neck. The skin on the neck is relatively thin in comparison to skin elsewhere on your body, and unfortunately, while you take care of the skin on your face, the skin below the chin is not quite so nurtured. This combination causes premature aging of the neck, resulting in sagging skin, vertical banding, excess fat deposits, and jowls. Aging of the neck causes you to look older and heavier than you are. Neck procedures restore youthfulness to an aging neck and rejuvenate your appearance. At Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schlechter offers both non-surgical and surgical options for enhancing the neck, including the revolutionary Renuvion™ skin tightening treatment.

Beautiful woman with a youthful neck

Meet Renuvion™

Renuvion™ offers non-surgical and minimally-invasive skin tightening for your aging neck. This treatment uses a combination of helium plasma (made from helium gas) and radiofrequency energy to gently heat the upper layer of skin. This heating causes the skin to tighten and collagen production to increase, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and vertical banding and tightening the skin around the jowls and under the chin. Because the precise delivery of the plasma and RF energy ensures that no surrounding tissue is damaged, Renuvion™ is one of the safest treatments for skin tightening. The results this procedure achieves can rival even that of a traditional neck lift, which is why Renuvion™ is gaining the nickname of the non-surgical neck lift.

Renuvion™ is offered as a stand-alone procedure for patients who are experiencing mild to moderate skin laxity on the neck, chin, and jowls or in combination with liposuction for patients who has have excess fat deposits on the neck or under the chin that is contributing to an aged appearance. Regardless of your procedure, Renuvion™ will leave you with firmer, tighter skin and more youthful contours.

Additional Neck Rejuvenation Procedures

PrecisionTx™

The PrecisionTx™ is known as the laser neck lift. This minimally invasive procedure uses laser liposuction to destroy excess fat and tighten loose skin. Results from this procedure begin to show immediately and improve over the following months as collagen production increases.

Neck Lift

The results of a traditional neck lift speak for themselves. While it is more invasive than Renuvion™ and PrecisionTx™, a neck lift rejuvenates an aging neck by enhancing chin and jawline definition, slimming the neck, and smoothing the skin. This surgical procedure removes excess fat and skin through incisions made under the chin or behind the ears.

Whichever form of neck rejuvenation you prefer, Dr. Schlechter can help you regain a youthful neck contour. Contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery today by calling 610-624-2740 to set up a consultation.


Restore Thickness to Your Hair

Posted on: October 22nd, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

While thinning hair is generally a sign of aging, several other factors lead to the loss of fullness you once had. Medical treatments and conditions, such as thyroid problems, as well as heredity and stress, can contribute to hair loss. Although the causes of hair loss are numerous, they all have one connecting similarity: hair loss damages self-image. A full and thick head of hair is a great source of confidence for both men and women, and when that begins to thin, it can become a source of stress and great discontent. While many treatments are available for hair loss, ranging from vitamins to castor oil to medication to surgical hair transplants, they’re not always ideal for everyone. Perhaps they don’t work the way they are intended to, or perhaps they are too invasive for one’s preference. Whatever the reason, millions of people still suffer from thinning hair. Now, there is a new approach to restoring a full and thick head of hair: PRP for Hair Loss.

Man with nice hair smiling

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, has been used for decades to treat sports injuries and nerve damage. PRP is a derivative from your blood that contains high levels of growth factors that stimulate an increased healing response. And recently, doctors and researchers have begun to apply the principle of PRP to many other medical conditions, one of them being hair loss.

The Science Behind PRP

Platelets are a natural component of your blood, and they are responsible for new cell growth and tissue healing. A vial of blood is obtained and centrifuged to obtain these powerful healing platelets. Thereafter, the PRP is applied to the targeted treatment area, which in this case is the scalp. Once applied, the PRP will stimulate the growth of new hair follicles to fill in thinning areas and create a fuller and thicker head of hair.

Is PRP Right for You?

While PRP will stimulate the growth of new hair follicles, it is designed to help men and women with thinning hair only. This type of treatment will not create the desired results for patients who already have bald patches or are experience complete hair loss. However, for men and women who are at the beginning stages of hair thinning, PRP can help you regrow the confidence-enhancing hair you’ve lost.

If the stress of losing your hair is starting to hurt your confidence and self-image, now is the time to do something about it. Stimulate your scalp with PRP.

For more information on PRP for hair loss, contact Spring Ridge Plastic surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to set up a consultation.


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