What you Do Before Liposuction Really Matters

What you Do Before Liposuction Really Matters

Are you thinking of undergoing a liposuction procedure? If so, there are some boxes you’ll need to tick leading up to your surgery to get the best results. For instance, you need an experienced and knowledgeable surgeon, overall good health, and realistic expectations.


However, another essential element to consider is you. What you do before your liposuction procedure can have a huge impact on your surgery results.

Here are some things you should do leading up to your liposuction procedure.

1. Build muscle

Although liposuction gets rid of exercise-resistant fat, it’s up to you to tone the underlying muscles for a leaner and slimmer contour. For example, to get “six-pack” abs, you’ll need to work on your abdominal muscles.

Hence, focus on building your muscles several months before your procedure to attain the best results. This not only helps you achieve your desired looks sooner but also improves your strength and position for faster healing.

2. Hit your goal weight

While you don’t need to achieve any specific weight to undergo liposuction, it’s wise to reach your target weight several months before surgery. But, remember that achieving your target weight doesn’t translate to getting your ideal body.

At times, you may have stubborn fat in certain areas, even when you’re at your ideal weight. Liposuction can help you get rid of this excess fat.

3. Don’t use nicotine

Using nicotine can sabotage your plastic surgery results because it restricts blood vessels, decreasing blood flow. Your blood vessels play a vital role in your liposuction results and restricting them compromises your results.

Additionally, your blood flow has a huge impact on your recovery process as it determines how fast you heal and your likelihood of developing blood clots. Therefore, to ensure a quick recovery and a safe surgery procedure, stop smoking once you schedule your liposuction.

4. Change your diet

A healthy diet is important for everyone, but it becomes more vital when you’re getting ready for liposuction. Your pre-liposuction diet should increase your skin elasticity and boost your health for a better healing process.

It’s advisable to target foods high in antioxidants and water for your pre-liposuction diet. These include:

• Omega 3 fatty acids
• Celery
• Certain spices such as turmeric and cinnamon
• Cucumber
• Squashes, e.g., zucchini and pumpkin
• Different types of berries including blackberries, blueberries, and acai

Also, drink plenty of water daily.

5. Prep your home

Lastly, get your home ready before your liposuction procedure for your recovery phase. You may need to take a few days to rest and relax after your procedure to boost your healing. So, what should you do to prep your home?

• Arrange for help with children and pets
• Buy foods that are easy to prepare
• Put essentials items, such as lotion, within easy reach
• Organize your wardrobe to ensure you can find comfortable clothes easily
• Get extra-long charge cords for your electronic devices

Long-lasting liposuction results

Following these liposuction prep tips set you up for a successful procedure. Contact Allegany Plastic Surgery today to request your liposuction consultation.

What to Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty is one of the best ways to correct a variety of concerns about your nose. This can include bumps, humps, curves, and overall misproportion. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, then it’s important to know that it can come with a substantial recovery time that will require some specific steps to follow. Here’s what to expect from this process and how you can make it go smoothly and successfully.

Have Realistic Expectations

One tip for a good rhinoplasty recovery is to have realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty can improve your nose’s projection and shape, as well as correct certain anatomical concerns that can cause symptoms. Rhinoplasty can’t create a new nose or change the overall look of your face. Often, it’s best when paired with certain procedures like chin augmentation for best results. Your plastic surgeon can give you the best idea of what can be achieved with rhinoplasty.

Prepare Beforehand

It can be helpful to make sure you and your home are ready for your recovery. This means making arrangements for someone to drive you home afterward and arranging your home to make sure you’re safe and comfortable. Make sure to choose a spot in your home to designate as your recovery area and make sure it’s comfortable and has the materials you’ll need within reach. You should also make sure someone can keep an eye on you for the first few days of your recovery. Make sure to prepare some reheatable meals ahead of time so you don’t need to worry about cooking and make sure any pet or childcare can be taken care of by someone else.

Take It Easy

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means you’ll return home after surgery. With that being said, the operation is performed under general anesthesia so you’ll undergo a brief monitoring period before you go home. Your nose will be bandaged and splinted, and there may be some residual bleeding. You’ll be given some detailed care instructions to follow to make sure you stay safe and healthy, so follow these as best you can. This will help you get the rest you need for a Rhinoplasty Recovery.

Make Sure to Keep Doctor’s Appointments

Follow-up appointments are key to making sure your recovery is progressing like it should. Make sure to keep your appointments and bring up any concerns you have with Dr. Carpenter. You’ll likely have your bandages and splints removed a few days after surgery, depending on your progress. Since the nose is a delicate structure and can experience a lot of swelling, it’s important to keep an eye out for any concerns as your recovery progresses.

Be Patient

Even when the bandages and splint come off, your nose will still be a bit swollen. You should also expect a lot of bruising, especially around your eyes. Cold compresses can help with this, along with taking prescribed anti-inflammatories. Although following care steps can help, you’ll need to have patience while your body adjusts. Some residual swelling can last for months after your procedure, and in some cases your nose can continue to settle into its final shape for up to a year. Even though the results are worth it, it’s important to be patient!

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about your rhinoplasty options is by meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in achieving excellent rhinoplasty results. We invite you to meet with Dr. Carpenter at our Allegany office by calling or filling out our online form.

Traditional facelift vs noninvasive facelift

Father Time is an inevitable being, and when your face begins to show a few too many wrinkles for your liking, you may consider a facelift procedure in order to stave off further changes. You may have noticed the world of plastic surgery, ever-changing and evolving, has adopted novel methods in the realm of injections and fillings. Therefore, many people now have the option to avoid a traditional-style facelift where incisions are created near the forehead line and the facial muscles are pulled taut. However, how is one to decide what procedure best fits their needs and the outcomes that they can anticipate? Read on to find out!

The type of facelift that is most invasive to the body is known as a “traditional facelift”. It has been the go-to for people looking for facelifts for the last several decades. Cosmetically, it simply repositions the skin along the face by moving the fine sinew of muscle upwards. As we age, skin stretches with the forces of gravity because it can no longer repair itself to maintain its stretch and rebound. Over time this can create excess skin as the cells duplicate and form more wrinkles. A traditional facelift has the benefits of removing this excess skin during the process. Despite sounding like an ordeal, several techniques are used to minimize discomfort such as performing an endoscopic-style facelift. Basically what this does is make the incision lines as small as possible along the face to minimize any scarring and to reduce healing time. Traditional facelifts are best for people who are seeking to eliminate excess skin and have already a large amount of wrinkles or creases. Therefore, this style facelift is also more common with an older demographic.

A non-invasive facelift is now possible thanks to modern advances in dermal fillers and other chemicals. Dermal fillers serve to remove facial lines and restore degree of plumpness back to the face. As people age, they gradually begin to lose fat below the skin. Due to the facial muscles moving closer to the skin, crow’s feet and frown/smile lines become all the more visible. What dermal fillers are best at tackling are removing shadows under the lower eyelids, softening wrinkles and facial creases, improving the healing of deep-set scars and plumping up lips. It’s even possible to use dermal fillers to remove or otherwise Contour deformities of the face. Non-invasive facelifts are therefore ideal for somebody who is seeking genuine results while also trying to avoid any chances of pain or scarring that they could possibly experience from a traditional facelift. Generally, non-invasive facelifts are more popular with a younger demographic. However, it’s significant to know that the reasons behind this are mainly because younger patients wouldn’t require the same level of wrinkle-management on average compared to an older demographic. Another potential consideration is that dermal fillers tend to not last longer than two years maximum, with some lasting only a single year.

Regardless of the style of procedure you decide on, always make sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who puts you as the patient first!

Want to go bigger or smaller? Maybe you need a breast implant exchange

Breast implants are one of the most common plastic surgery procedures done each year. Having the ability to change and potentially improve the size, shape, firmness, and volume of your breasts can be empowering. However, implants do not last forever. While they are long-lasting with a lifetime of 10-15 years, they usually need to be exchanged. Or, sometimes, women decide to exchange their implants for cosmetic reasons. Talk to Dr. Carpenter at Allegany Plastic Surgery about your implant exchange options. 

What Is Breast Implant Exchange Surgery?

An implant exchange procedure is when a woman has her current breast implants removed and replaced. This procedure may be done electively, or it may be due to possible complications or issues with the current implants.

In some cases, breast implant exchange surgery is combined with breast lift surgery. If there is excess skin or sagging and drooping of the breasts, a breast lift may be a great complementary option. Your medical care provider will assess your situation and decide if this option is right for you.

Why Is Breast Implant Exchange Done?

Some reasons you may get implant exchange surgery include:

  • Wanting to change the size, either going bigger or smaller
  • Changing of the breasts over time
  • Changing from saline to silicone implants or vice versa
  • Changing from smooth to textured implants or vice versa

There are medically necessary reasons to get this surgery, also. These reasons can include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Swelling
  • Implant shifting out of place

No matter what the reason is that leads to this surgery, it can help you look and feel better. You can get or maintain the size, shape, and look you desire. You can also eliminate any pain or complications that may have popped up.

Breast implants don’t need to be exchanged on a timeline, such as every decade. It’s very individual how long they last. If you want or need to change your implants, you have the choice available.

What Is A Consultation Like?

When you want or need a breast implant exchange, the next step is to talk to a qualified surgeon such as Dr. Carpenter. Make a consultation at Allegany Platic Surgery to get started. There are a few things that you can expect to happen in the consultation:

1. Your surgeon will want to see the information on your original surgery and implants to gauge how to move forward.

2. Your surgeon will ask you what you dislike about the look and/or feel of your breasts and your goals for the procedure.

3. Your surgeon will do a physical exam which will include taking relevant measurements they need to proceed.

4. Your surgeon will work together with you to find an implant that is the correct size, shape, and type to most closely give you your ideal results,

If you feel like you are ready to get breast implant exchange surgery, call the staff at  Allegany Plastic Surgery today to book a consultation.

Tackling Common Tummy Tuck Myths

Despite the popularity of the tummy tuck, it can be difficult for first-time patients to navigate the world of information and misinformation available. There can be a lot of myths and misunderstandings about tummy tucks and plastic surgery in general, meaning it’s extremely important to gather the right facts before you opt for surgery. Although your board certified plastic surgeon is the best authority on your unique procedure, you’ll need to do your research before your consultation. Here are some common myths you’ll find about tummy tucks and what it’ll mean for your results with Dr. Carpenter.

Myth 1: Tummy tucks are one-size-fits-all procedures

The reality is that tummy tucks are as unique as the patients who undergo them. Your plastic surgeon will carefully evaluate your goals and anatomy to create the best possible surgical plan for you rather than using any single technique or approach. for this reason, it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon with experience and expertise in tummy tuck procedures so that they’re well-versed in the different tummy tuck methods and will ensure your results are natural and flattering.

Myth 2: Diet and exercise can get the same results as a tummy tuck

The reality is that tummy tucks address issues that exercise or dieting can’t fix. Even though eating well and exercising can help you lose weight, they can’t eliminate stretched skin and muscles caused by pregnancy or weight loss. The tummy tuck can even come with medical benefits to reduce symptoms that come with stretched muscles like back pain and incontinence. This means that the tummy tuck can be an integral part of recovering from pregnancy and significant weight loss.

Myth 3: Tummy tucks are an excellent way to initiate weight loss

The tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. Rather, it can help put the finishing touches on your new body after you lose weight. This is because significant changes in your body like weight gain or loss can affect your results. Most plastic surgeons advocate that you be at a stable weight for at least a few months before considering a tummy tuck for best results.

Schedule a Consultation

The tummy tuck is one of the best ways to transform your stomach and enjoy a flatter, more contoured figure. To meet with our board certified plastic surgeon and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our Allegany office by calling or filling out our online form.

What’s behind the cost of Botox and injectable fillers?

If you’re considering Botox or other injectable fillers, the cost of these treatments is definitely on your mind. The cost of these treatments vary. 

The price of Botox includes much more than just the injections themselves. You are paying for an experienced practitioner to administer the treatment in a way that is going to enhance your beauty, smooth out wrinkles, and that is completely safe. Dr. Carpenter and our team at Allegany Plastic Surgery work with you to find the right treatments that will enhance your look in a safe, effective matter. 

What Factors Into The Cost?

Other than the cost of going to an experienced professional, it’s important to understand that many units of fillers or Botox are used in a single session. On average 30-40 units of Botox are used when smoothing out wrinkles in the eye and forehead region. The product used is the largest portion of the cost that you pay. If prices are unbelievingly low, then you may not be receiving enough of the product to see a noticeable improvement.

Choosing a Specialist

Let’s talk about some other things to keep in mind when choosing a Botox or injection filler specialist. 

Firstly, check their reviews across multiple sources. If their reviews are very high in one place but low across all of the others, then you may want to be cautious. Take the time to read the comments left by other people who have received the same procedure. Comments left by other patients can help to direct your line of questioning when you have your consultation.

Secondly, when you choose to have your first consultation, make sure that you ask enough questions so that you understand exactly what they are going to do and approximately how many units of a product they will use. Research the base cost of the filler they will use. For example, Botox is around $10-15 per unit. If they are going to use between 30-40 units, then the total base cost of the product is $300-600 for one session, not including labor and care. If their total price is on the low end, then you may consider if the treatment is going to be effective. 

An experienced professional will walk through each aspect of the cost with you so you completely understand what you are spending your money on. 

Schedule a Consultation

At Allegany Plastic Surgery, we want you to leave satisfied and looking like the “you” that you envision. Our staff is highly specialized and we use the latest techniques. We also have many injectable fillers available to suit every need and problem area. Don’t bargain-shop when it comes to cosmetic treatments. You want the very best so that you can be your very best.

How long does Botox last?

Thanks to Botox, people can treat their wrinkles without any surgery. Botox is an injectable toxin. It works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing the formation of new ones. Our team at Allegany Plastic Surgery can answer any questions you may have about Botox. One of the most common questions people have about Botox is how long it lasts. Before answering that question, we must first understand how it works.

How Does Botox Work?

When Botox is injected, it blocks the brain’s signals from reaching the muscles, ultimately preventing the muscles from contracting. When facial muscles aren’t contracted, wrinkles and fine lines are less noticeable. There’s also less stress on the skin, which can help prevent the formation of new wrinkles.

Botox Procedure

Patients about to receive Botox will have their faces cleansed and sterilized before their first injection. When the patient is ready, the provider will inject Botox into the targeted treatment areas. Small bumps may appear immediately at the injection sites, but they should fade within a few minutes.

Botox Results

Botox takes a few days to affect the muscles, so the results aren’t immediate. Some people will see mild bruising for the first 24-48 hours after receiving Botox. The first changes can be seen 3-5 days after receiving treatment. Full results are expected to appear after two weeks. The results can vary from person to person, so some people may see changes sooner or later than what’s considered typical.

How Long Does It Last?

Under normal circumstances, Botox is expected to last for 3-4 months. Once the effects wear off, the patient can opt to get another treatment. Once again, actual results can vary between each patient depending on many factors. Botox is, unfortunately, a temporary solution for fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, it’s safe, FDA-approved, and relatively affordable, so most people can receive multiple treatments of Botox without any trouble.

Is Botox Right for You?

The ideal candidate for Botox is in good general health, has fine lines and mild-to-moderate wrinkles, and maintains realistic expectations. Most providers of Botox are also educated on any alternatives for patients who aren’t ideal candidates. The best way to figure out if you’re an ideal candidate is to consult an expert.

If you’re unsatisfied with the lines in your face, you should know that you don’t have to live with them anymore. The friendly experts at Allegany Plastic Surgery can help you banish them for good. Contact us at Allegany Plastic Surgery to begin your Botox journey.

Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?

If you are thinking about your eyelid surgery options, your plastic surgeon will be able to offer guidance about what will work best for you. Since the eyes can have a big effect on the overall face and vice versa, there are a few different variables that have to be considered. The most important of these is whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Here are some factors to consider as you plan your consultation.

The right candidate:

  • Is the ideal age for eyelid surgery

Although there are no hard and fast rules for eyelid surgery when it comes to age, patients who are experiencing signs of aging usually benefit most from eyelid surgery. This is because a loss of volume and skin elasticity can cause sagging associated with eyelid surgery. In most cases, patients should be old enough to elect for surgery, however.

  • Is in good health

Just like other plastic surgeries, the results you get will be optimal if you are in good physical health and don’t smoke. You should also have realistic expectations and have a positive attitude towards your recovery. Dr. Carpenter will discuss any conditions or health concerns that might put you at greater risk while undergoing surgery, so be sure to bring a list of these and any medications you take.

  • Does not require a brow lift instead

Blepharoplasty and the brow lift can be somewhat difficult to distinguish when it comes to eye rejuvenation since hooded or sagging eyes can be caused by looseness in the brow rather than only the eyes. This makes it especially important to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon, who can make a recommendation. These two procedures can be performed at the same time, in many cases.

  • Does not have certain eye conditions

Although this might seem obvious, patients that have eye conditions like glaucoma or infections should avoid eyelid surgery. Although eyelid surgery does not deal with the eye itself, it’s still important that your eyes are healthy and will not compromise your results or recovery, which will include incisions. These can sometimes even be placed inside the eyelid, in the case of lower eyelid surgery, and come into direct contact with the eye. For this reason, it’s important to discuss any health conditions you may have.

Determining whether eyelid surgery is best for you is an important step of your consultation with Dr. Carpenter. To begin discussing your options, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.


Getting Ready for Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

If you are ready to undergo plastic surgery, it’s a good idea to think ahead about how to make the best of your recovery. In the case of rhinoplasty, your recovery can be long and more involved than other procedures, so here are some ways to make yourself ready.


Dr. Carpenter will prescribe medications for you to take during your initial recovery, which usually includes painkillers and anti-nausea medications. It’s important to fill these prescriptions before your surgery date so that they’re available when you come home after your procedure. Unfortunately, these medications can sometimes cause constipation, so you should be sure to adjust your after-surgery diet accordingly.

Recovery Den

The most important part of your recovery will be resting and allowing your body to heal. For this reason, you should carefully select the place you’d like to set up for your recovery. A big and comfy bed or couch is best, especially one that is in a quiet, climate-controlled room. You’ll need to stock up on pillows, as these will help your head and upper body stay elevated, as well as prevent you from rolling onto your side as you sleep. Also, make sure you have an area in this room where you can keep medications, snacks, and water nearby.

Aftercare Instructions

Before your surgery date, Dr. Carpenter will make sure you have a detailed list of aftercare instructions to follow, so you should read these a couple of times to familiarize yourself with the steps you and your helper will need to follow. This includes avoiding certain things like blood thinners, some dietary supplements, alcohol, nicotine, and medications that can intervene with the effectiveness of others’. This might also include how long to wear your nasal splint for, as well as when to begin wearing glasses again. You’ll also be instructed to come in for check-up appointments with Dr. Carpenter.

These are only a few things to get in order before your surgery date, but Dr. Carpenter will make sure you have all the information you need to make it a smooth recovery. To schedule your consultation or ask any questions you might have about your rhinoplasty procedure, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

Although you’re probably excited about your breast augmentation procedure, there can still be a lot to prepare before your surgery date. This can seem a little overwhelming, but you can be sure that our professional staff will make sure you have everything you need. In the meantime, here are some basics to prepare yourself and make sure your recovery is smooth and effective.

Make Sure You Have Everything You Need

It can seem like there’s a never-ending list of things you might need during your recovery, but it’s a good idea to take the time to have these things nearby. During your initial recovery, you likely won’t be getting up, moving around, or certainly not making a trip to the store, so you should make yourself a list of things you think you might appreciate after your surgery. This should include filling prescriptions, prepping some reheatable meals, and collecting plenty of pillows to keep yourself elevated. If you’re nervous about your recovery, it can be helpful to gather a list of books, shows, or movies to indulge in while you rest.

Make Sure Your Home is Ready

Because your initial recovery can be difficult and uncomfortable at times, it’s important to set up a room where you can rest. This should be climate-controlled and have a large and comfy bed or couch. It should also have a place where you can keep things like water or medications nearby. If you have any specific rituals or requirements for sleeping like darkness or white noise, you should be sure to provide these beforehand so that you can get plenty of rest in the days following your surgery. It can even be helpful to spend a night or two in your recovery den before your surgery so that you can adjust.

Make Sure You Have Help

Breast augmentation can be an extensive surgery, meaning you’ll be required to be taken home by a close friend or family member. Once home, it’s important to have someone watch after you for the first few days and assist with any children, pets, or chores as needed. This is because you’ll be asked to limit any lifting or arm movement during the first few days. You should be sure to review your surgical and recovery plans with this helper so that they understand which signs of complication to watch out for and when to take any prescription medications. Our staff will provide important phone numbers during your recovery if needed, so you should make sure these are in a visible place.

It’s most important to remember the excellent results you’ll achieve with your breast augmentation, and remember that your recovery is only one step in the process. To schedule your consultation or ask any questions about your breast augmentation procedure, contact our Cumberland office by calling or filling out our online form.

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