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Understanding Injectables

Understanding InjectablesInjectables are a major part of the services offered by our cosmetic surgery practice. They are popular with patients, compared to more involved procedures, since they require practically no downtime after their completion. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Peters offers a full range of injectables for his patients. He can guide you on which ones are best for you and how each one works. Basically, the three most common injectables we offer are Botox Cosmetic®, Juvederm®, and Radiesse®.

 

BOTOX® Cosmetic

This has been used for years in the plastic surgery field and is probably the one most people think of first when asked about injectables. It is made up of a substance known as botulinum toxin. When it is used by a skilled plastic surgeon, it is simply injected under the skin where it acts as a neurotransmitter inhibitor. In other words, it blocks the muscles under the skin where it’s injected from receiving the brain’s signals to contract. This enables the skin to relax, which reduces the appearance of any wrinkles. The effects of this injectable last for about four months.

Conditions That Show the Best Results From Our Botox Cosmetic® Treatment

  • Crow’s feet (Lines emanating from the corners of your eyes.)
  • Frown lines (Lines between your brows.)
  • Lines on your forehead

 

JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS

JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS are FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound that works within the skin to stimulate cellular turnover and collagen production, and it is used to add volume and fullness to the skin. The effects of JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS can last up to a year and a half.

JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS are ideal for improving:

  • Folds in the lower half of the face
  • Nasolabial folds
  • “Circles” beneath the eyes
  • Lip fullness and definition (lip augmentation without the need for permanent implants)

 

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is better defined as a “volumizer” rather than a filler, and it can produce a “lifting” effect. This product is injected primarily in the upper cheek area to provide fullness and rejuvenate the midface area. The effects of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC can last up to two years.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is ideal for improving:

  • Loss of cheek projection associated with aging
  • Loss of midface contour and definition

 

RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® is an FDA-approved dermal filler composed of the naturally occurring protein calcium hydroxylapatite. This protein stimulates the production of collagen in the skin, which increases volume and adds fullness. The effects of RADIESSE® can last up to two years.

RADIESSE® is ideal for improving:

  • Deep nasolabial folds near the nose
  • Folds in the lower face

All injectables are non-surgical treatments and do not require downtime after the procedure. Repeat treatments will be necessary to maintain ideal results. During your consultation, you and Dr. Peters can discuss your aesthetic goals to determine which filler will work best for you.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Mark Peters, contact our office at (985) 227-4325 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

What’s the skinny on fat transfer?

Fat Transfer for Contour Augmentation and Rejuvenation

When considering cosmetic surgery to address issues having to do with body fat, the natural inclination is simply to have it removed. Recently, though, transferring fat from one part of the body to another has become all the rage. I recently had the chance to review fat transfer methods and techniques at the International Fat Grafting Forum in New Orleans, which is not far from my practice in Houma. This cosmetic technique is particularly popular when it comes to women using it to augment their buttocks.

As a plastic surgeon, I believe fat transfers most powerful application is when it’s used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. Take face lifts as just one example. This procedure alone does not fully restore youthful appearance because the volume you had when you were younger is still missing. A fat augmentation by transferring fat from one area of the body to certain areas of the face can enhance a face lift and boost its rejuvenating effects. A similar effect can be achieved when using it in conjunction with a breast augmentation or breast lift. I look forward to providing safe options for reliably delivering better results across a range of cosmetic procedures thanks to the exciting new frontier of fat transfer.

 

The Benefits of Using Fat

  • You get two benefits for the price of one. Most of us typically already have some extra fat on us somewhere, or we might not be needing the services of a plastic surgeon. By removing it from one area, I can increase the contour and definition there while achieving the same result in another spot where it’s transferred to.
  • Fat is very versatile. It is able to be placed just about anywhere around the body. When placed in the face, it is particularly good at rejuvenating appearance, and its use in the buttocks can give you the shapely, contoured butt you’ve always wanted.
  • It offers lasting results. Transferring fat on its own or to augment other cosmetic procedures can deliver potentially permanent results, which translates into excellent bang for your buck.

Fat transfer appears to be a procedure that isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show a 200 percent increase in the use of this procedure in butt augmentations from 2013 to 2014. There’s no doubt pop culture is a major contributor to this with stars such as Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nikki Minaj having highlighted their body contours and inspiring other women to follow suit. Additionally, this cosmetic technique continues to undergo the same types of improvements and refinements that are typical of other cosmetic procedures, which means greater numbers of people are now candidates for it.

 

Take the Next Step

If you wish to find out more about how this procedure can help you reach your aesthetic goals, call to schedule a consultation with me. You can click the following link https://www.drmarkpeters.com/view-your-procedure-in-3d/ to watch a video that answers many questions about fat transfer with an educational animation. Let it inspire you to realize that your appearance and self confidence are under your control and are, potentially, only a short cosmetic procedure away.

Mommy Makeover: Putting the “Hot” Back in Momma!

Young mother and daughter playing in a park

Becoming pregnant is a major commitment for a woman. This is true not only in terms of having to raise and care for the children but also the physical impact that a pregnancy has on your body. When your belly enlarges due to pregnancy, this causes the skin to become stretched. There is a similar situation when your breasts become temporarily enlarged during this time.

You may find that these attributes of pregnancy can leave you with a body that has been physically altered in a way that makes you feel less attractive. This can negatively affect your self-esteem, which can, in turn, negatively affect your relationships with others. Fortunately, there are plastic surgery procedures that can help to rejuvenate your body and leave you feeling more attractive than ever.

Dr. Mark Peters uses various cosmetic surgery procedures to perform what he refers to as a “mommy makeover.” These procedures include breast lifts, breast augmentations, tummy tucks and liposuction. Depending on your specific situation, one or more of these procedures can transport you to the aesthetic goals you have for your post-pregnancy body.

 

Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation

A breast lift is intended to address the sagging and loosening of skin that can occur when your breasts have enlarged due to pregnancy and then reduce back down in size. Essentially, the procedure rejuvenates the appearance of your breasts and realigns the location of the nipple relative to the fold at the bottom of the breast, which is called the inframammary fold. Depending on your particular situation, you may want a breast augmentation in addition to a breast lift.

A breast augmentation entails the enlargement and shape enhancement of your breasts through the placement of silicone or saline implants. There are a number of options when it comes to this procedure, and Dr. Peters can go over them with you and help you arrive at the one that best suits your goals.

 

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Your abdominal area is probably the one place that takes an even bigger physical hit from a pregnancy than your breasts. During the months that your pregnancy is showing to the world, your abdominal skin is stretching out to a degree that is hard for it to fully snap back from afterward. This means you can expect to have loose, excess skin and a loss of muscle tone as well.

If you find yourself in the above situation, you may find a tummy tuck is an excellent way to return your abdominal area to a far more desirable aesthetic. This procedure will remove excess skin and tighten your abdominal muscles, which typically results in a smooth waistline and a rejuvenated appearance.

Ensuring optimal appearance from a tummy tuck may entail combining this procedure with liposuction. Tightening the skin and muscles is one thing, but this additional procedure will also remove any excess fat under the skin enabling the procedure to yield the best possible results.

 

Restore Confidence in Your Appearance

The office of Dr. Mark Peters is conveniently located in Houma, which is just outside New Orleans. The plastic surgery services our practice offers will enable you to look and feel your best. If you’re thinking that a “mommy makeover” may be something you are interested in, please contact our office. During a consultation, Dr. Peters will lay out for you what his cosmetic surgery skill can do to restore a positive self-image and all the benefits that will have in your everyday life.

 

Find out how a “Mommy Makeover” can help you achieve your goals. To learn more, please schedule a consultation by calling board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Peters at (985) 227-4325 or by filling out our online contact form.

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Dr. Peter’s Very own Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe!

This pie recipe has been passed down from Dr. Peters mother and he now bakes it every year for his family.  As you are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, don’t forget to give thanks for all your many blessings! Life is truly a gift and we are all so blessed to leave our mark here.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Dr. Peters’ Fresh Pumpkin Pie

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

2 tsp. ground cinnamonthanksgiving blog 2

¾  tsp. nutmeg

½  tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. ground cloves

1 Tbsp. all purpose flour

3 eggs, beaten

1 ½ cups heavy cream

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1 ½ cups fresh pumpkin puree

 

Preheat oven to 425º F.

Combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and flour in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk eggs, cream, butter, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl.  Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.  Add the pumpkin until well combined.

Place unbaked pie crust (from scratch or prepared) into 9” pie pan and pour batter into pie crust.

Place the pie into the oven at 425º for 15 minutes then  reduce heat to 325º and bake for 40-50 minutes longer.  The pie is done when a toothpick placed into the center of the pie comes out clean.

 

Tips for Consultation Confidence

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Planning to have cosmetic surgery is a major decision, and there are many things you need to consider. You may have doubts about exactly what procedure you want, and finding the best doctor for a given procedure is extremely important. You will also have considerations such as what to do after the surgery in terms of how much time you may need to take off work for healing.

Most of the above questions, and many others, are answered when you have a consultation appointment with a doctor. It is important to go into this appointment with your eyes open in terms of your expectations and what you need to know to make the decision that is right for you. The following points are some things you may wish to consider to build your confidence before consulting with a doctor.

 

#1. Visit Credible Websites to Do Your Research on Plastic Surgery

The first step before any fairly large financial or health-related undertaking is to do your research on the subject. Before buying a car, most people will check various sources to scrutinize models they are considering for reliability and a number of other factors. Given that the choice of a cosmetic procedure and surgeon can affect your entire future, this decision merits even deeper investigation. The following websites are excellent sources for information on this topic:

 

#2. Plan on Having to Pay for Your Consultation Appointment

Cosmetic surgeons spend years in medical school learning their skill, and they paid a lot to get this knowledge. Expect to have to compensate them for their time and expertise in answering your questions. Having a consulting fee is one way doctors know they are scheduling an appointment with someone who is serious about getting cosmetic surgery.

 

#3. Write Down Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

This will do wonders to boost your confidence. You will have the benefit of the research you did in step one to come up with a number of good questions to ask that may affect what procedure you end up getting or, in the case of consulting with multiple doctors, which plastic surgeon you end up choosing.

 

#4. Two Heads Are Better Than One, so Bring a Loved One With You

There may be those near and dear to you who are concerned about this procedure you are considering and may want to go with you. They may have questions you never thought of, and their presence will help you feel more relaxed.

 

#5. Find Out if You Will Require Financing Options

If you need financing, you should be able to apply for it before the consultation. This may be preferable if you wish to have your surgery quickly since the funding will not be an obstacle. Knowing how much you’ve been approved for will also help the doctor know what procedures he can realistically recommend.

 

#6. Be Completely Honest

When a doctor is consulting with a patient, they can only make recommendations based on what they are told by the patient. This is why it is incumbent upon you to be honest about your expectations, medical history, and anything else the doctor asks you about, so you can get an accurate assessment of your options.

The office of Dr. Mark Peters is located in Houma, which is just outside New Orleans. We hope the above tips give you the confidence you need when consulting with a plastic surgeon. Please contact us, so we can reserve your spot for a consultation today!

Pre-Wedding Package Before you say, “I do…”

You want your wedding day to be the most special day of your life. Toward this end, you make sure that everything is arranged to perfection. Where the ceremony will take place, who will cater it, hiring the photographers, picking out the invitations are all just a few of the considerations swimming around in your head. The one thing that trumps all of this, though, is being sure that you look your best when the big day arrives. Part of this has to do with wedding dress selection, but the rest involves anything you can do to personally make yourself look as good as possible.

In this day of social media, you know pictures of you and the groom will be circulating around the internet forever afterword. Most women schedule their wedding many months in advance, so they have time to diet to fit into the dress of their dreams. You may be thinking about taking it a step further and going under the knife before the big day.

 

Having the Body You Want for Your Special Day and Beyond

Plastic surgery is not just for celebrities anymore. These types of procedures have been coming down in price over the past decade, and more regular people are taking advantage of advances in this field to look their best. The biggest benefit of cosmetic surgery is that the improvements you experience will last way beyond this big day and make you look and feel better for years to come.

The next question is what type of procedure to get. This will depend on your particular situation and what areas you may think could use some work. Breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries are a couple common ones and, aside from facelifts, are probably the two biggest procedures people think of when plastic surgery is mentioned. A tummy tuck, possibly combined with a little liposuction, is another option to help ensure you fit in that ideal dress.

Of course, as a bride, your long, flowing dress will be covering a lot of bodily flaws, so procedures having to do with the face area are popular before this big day. A rhinoplasty would be an example of such a surgery for those who feel their nose could use a little work. The other potential worry about getting this type of work done is where to go and choosing the right doctor to do it.

 

Take the Next Step for a Better You

Luckily for women located near Houma, Louisiana, Dr. Mark Peters is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10,000 procedures to his credit in his more than 20 years in practice. Our practice handles consultations on a regular basis. Women come for various types of work for many different reasons. If you wish to see what we can do for you to help you on your special day, contact our office for your own consultation, so Dr. Peters can help to make you the most beautiful bride you can be.

Mommy Makeovers – Can you really get your body back?

Having children can bring tremendous joy to any mother’s life along with all the responsibilities. You have undoubtedly become used to putting the needs of your kids ahead of yours as you try to make the best life possible for them. While this is admirable, you should allow yourself to focus a little bit on your needs and happiness as well.

The process of pregnancy can transform your body, and it typically does so in ways that make you shy away from the mirror. You have tried diet and exercise, but you can’t seem to get anywhere near the shape you were in before you became pregnant. You may want to consider another option.

 

Think About Getting a Mommy Makeover

This type of makeover is basically a name given to one or more cosmetic surgery procedures that have the goal of restoring your body to its pre-pregnancy glory. Pregnancy stretches the skin of the breasts as well as the skin and muscles of the abdomen. This can play havoc with your appearance after your pregnancy as the skin is frequently not elastic enough to snap back to where it was previously. This can cause excess skin that may even be abundant enough to result in folds of skin.

 

The Procedures That May Be Involved

One big cosmetic procedure that is a favorite after pregnancy is a tummy tuck as this both tightens the skin around the abdominal area and helps with muscle tone there. This is sometimes done in conjunction with liposuction, which actually removes excess fat under this skin. This potent combination can restore you to the body you may be missing every time you pass by a mirror.

Breast enhancement is another common plastic surgery option for women who have had children. You may notice that your breasts are sagging compared to how they were. A breast lift can bring them back up to where you’d like them to be. Additionally, you may opt for breast augmentation at this time if their size has ever been a concern for you.

Fat transfer is another procedure that you may benefit from. Basically, this takes fat from a place on your body where you don’t need it and puts it someplace where it might do some good. You can put those “love handles” to good use by removing the fat from them and perhaps using it for a butt augmentation if you’ve ever dreamed of having a figure similar that of Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian.

 

Restore Your Confidence With a New You!

If you live near New Orleans, and believe you might be interested in a mommy makeover, you are in luck. The office of Dr. Mark Peters is located in Houma. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has done over 10,000 procedures for satisfied clients. Our office does cosmetic surgery consultations on a regular basis. We can schedule one for you, so Dr. Peters can assess your situation, and see exactly what procedures you need to have your mommy makeover transform your body into the one you had before pregnancy or perhaps even better! As a mother, you spent a tremendous amount of time worrying about everyone else in the family, so allow yourself this one indulgence that will also benefit your family through your new-found confidence and happiness.

 

Eternal Beauty – The virtual fountain of youth can be yours

Hitting middle age and beyond can be difficult for many of us. You may still feel fairly good and energized, but when you look in the mirror, you’re no longer seeing that person you feel like on the inside. If the ravages of aging are making it so that simply eating well and exercising are no longer enabling you to maintain the shape and appearance you desire, it may be time to consider taking things a step further,

 

A Major Step to Regain Lost Youth

Plastic surgery is something that has been coming down in price over the years and is no longer simply for celebrities or the wealthy. Techniques have also been getting better over the years, which serves to improve results and recovery time. Perhaps you’ve brought a couple kids into the world, and you want the belly back that you had in your twenties. A tummy tuck might be just what the doctor ordered. If your face is getting you down when you looking in the mirror, a facelift may lift it and you up again.

 

Smaller Steps to Rejuvenate Your Appearance

“Surgery” can sound like a daunting word. Perhaps you feel you only need a small boost in your appearance that doesn’t warrant going under the knife. There are minimally invasive procedures such as an eyelid lift that can rejuvenate old looking eyes, and make your whole face look younger. There are also non-invasive skin treatment options such as injectables or fillers that will set the clock back by diminishing wrinkles and fine lines.

We can all agree that aging is certainly better than the alternative. That said, there’s no law that says we have to age gracefully. If you’re a baby boomer, you can fight the aging process every step of the way and maybe even set it back for a while. Cosmetic surgeons have plenty of options available for you depending on how seriously you want to set back the sands of time on your face and body.

 

What to Do Next

If you are lucky enough to live anywhere in the vicinity of New Orleans, you are not far from the cosmetic surgery practice of Dr. Mark Peters located in Houma. Dr. Peters is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice for over 20 years. Our office takes calls from people every day who are asking what they can do to roll back the ravages of time. If you’re not sure if you need a facelift, eyelid lift or some non invasive skin treatment, let us give you a consultation to help you find what may be the best procedure to make looking in the mirror a pleasure again.

Saline Implants vs. Silicone Gel Filled Implants

A conversation with Dr. Mark Peters on Saline Implants vs. Silicone Gel Filled Implants

When were silicone implants put back on the market and how do we know they are now safe? The FDA approved the silicone gel filled implants for general use in November 2006. In 1992 they were restricted in the market because they were suspected of contributing to systemic illnesses. The manufacturers of the implants cooperated fully with the FDA and always maintained the implant’s safety. Over 3000 peer reviewed studies have been conducted over the past 15 years showing silicone was and is unrelated to any medical problems in women. There are also over 33 epidemiologic studies showing no statistical differences for auto immune disorders occurring either with or without implants and after following over 30,000 women receiving silicone gel filled implants, there is no association with connective tissue diseases.,Silicone implants have been the most scrutinized device ever and as it turns out, were never “unsafe.” There is no reason to hesitate when choosing a silicone implant. In fact, throughout the study period while silicone was denied to primary augmentation patients, those patients requesting a revision or those needing reconstruction were allowed silicone implants with no adverse reactions reported.

 

What are the pros and cons of silicone vs. saline?

Both saline filled implants and silicone gel filled implants come in different profiles (moderate, moderate plus, and high), surfaces (textured and smooth), and shapes (round and “tear-drop”). Each implant has different advantages and disadvantages; each produces a different “look” for the patient. Although either implant is capable of producing a natural appearance, the silicone gel filled implant feels and looks more like natural breast tissue. Patients desiring a more defined “takeoff” (this is the transition between the chest and the top of the breast) seem to prefer the saline filled implant which results in a more defined upper pole. There is a cost issue. The silicone gel filled implant costs about $750-800 more than the saline filled implant. While neither are considered lifetime devices, both come with similar warranties.

In general, I spend time with each patient listening to the type of features they are seeking for their new breast shape. I stop short of recommending one implant over another because I feel that the choice of implant is such a personal one. I am willing to tell patients which will look the best given their anatomy, but ultimately it is their decision.

 

I’ve heard that saline gives the doctor more options. What does that mean?

Simply put, the saline implant has the ability to be adjusted in the operating room. In other words, the surgeon can fill the implant with a range of saline to optimize the symmetry. The silicone gel implant comes filled and therefore set in its volume. Although sterile sizers (these are “test” implants) can be used to optimize the symmetry, the gel implants come in fixed volume increments (300cc, 325cc…and so on) so some asymmetry of the breast volume may result. When the patient is having a breast augmentation without a lift, the incision required for the silicone gel filled implant is longer than the incision for the saline. This is due to the fact that the saline implant is empty, then filled; and the silicone gel implants comes filled. Therefore, if you choose to have silicone, you will probably not have the option of a transaxillary (under the armpit) incision.

 

You have said they are both safe, but does one have more complications than the other?

Implants have their own potential complications (see the Breast Augmentation Complication section) and there are difference between the silicone gel filled implants and the saline filled implants. Regarding the rupture and deflation of the implants, the silicone filled implants have a much lower rupture rate than the saline. This is, in part, due to the filling valve found on the saline implant. When saline implants deflate, the saline is absorbed by the body and the determination that it is deflated is relatively easy (there is a volume change over a 24-36 hour time period). Determining whether a silicone gel filled implant is ruptured is more difficult because of the cohesive gel which is now used to fill these implants. If you were to cut a gel filled implant in half, the gel would remain without “oozing” out. It would be as if you cut a gummy bear candy in half.

Externally, you would likely not see any changes in the breast. This is referred to as “silent rupture.” Overall, less than 4% of patients ever experience a rupture of either type of implant during the first seven years. The risk of rupture continues to increase over the life of the implant.  The gold standard test to assess the integrity of the silicone gel filled implant is MRI. The MRI also has to use special equipment (breast coils) in order to evaluate the implants and not every MRI facility has them. The FDA actually recommends getting an MRI the third year after surgery and then every other year. This is not required and it is simply guidelines issued by the FDA when they approved the gel filled implants for general use. The cost is prohibitive, so while it is recommended we don’t know how many patients follow these guidelines.

Capsular contracture rates are generally regarded as being higher when using silicone gel filled implants. This is due to the fact that when the implants are passed through the incision, the silicone gel filled implants come into more contact with the skin. And as mentioned in the Complication section, the exposure to the skin bacteria is greater and, therefore, resulting in a higher capsular contracture rate for the silicone gel filled implants. My personal experience has shown less than 1% with either the silicone or saline implants due to the betadine and antibiotic solution protocol I use during surgery.

 

Can I have either implant under or over the muscle?

I will uniformly place the saline filled implants under the pectoralis major muscle. This is due to the fact that the saline implant is easily felt (rippling) and can be seen. When a patient selects a silicone gel filled implant, I have the option of placing the implant above the muscle. In this location, the implant has a more direct effect on the breast effectively producing a more natural shape. This would be true for the saline filled implant as well, but I believe that the benefit is outweighed by the rippling. The placement of the implant above the muscle shortens the recovery period and is less uncomfortable than placing the implant beneath the muscle. Any discomfort is easily managed with oral medication and should not be a consideration when selecting an implant since the recovery in either case is brief when compared with the life of the implant.

 

Where can I get more information?

If you wish to read more about breast implants, then you can go to https://www.breastimplantsafety.org.

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