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Brazilian Butt Lift: Your Questions Answered!

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The Brazilian Butt Lift: Your Questions Answered

By: Philip Morrison, Director of Sales

The Brazilian Butt Lift! What can we say, it’s a very hot procedure these days with women from all walks of life inquiring about it. At Morrison Plastic Surgery we get tons of inquiries and have actually beat our initial estimates on how many we thought we would do this year (it’s only October and have a few months to go :-) ! So we figured since its one of our top rated procedures we would talk a bit about it and how we perform this service.

For those who don’t know, what exactly is a Brazilian Butt Lift? To put it simply the Brazilian Butt Lift is a butt augmentation that uses the fat from our own body and places it in our buttocks. In essence that’s really what it is. Liposuction is done to selectively remove fat from certain areas of the body: abdomen, waist, love handles, back, thighs, arms, etc… basically any place where the body has extra fatty tissue.  This fat is then separated from the blood and purified to then be injected, to permanently sculpt and enlarge the buttocks. After the surgery, we sometimes have our patients wear a garment that helps reduce swelling, and maintain the shape of your new and improved buttock!

So, what’s the end result? Good question. Your new Brazilian Butt Lift will leave you with a smaller waist and a larger, more shapely butt that will have you feeling confident and have others wondering what’s so different about you! You will have a more contoured shape that will accentuate all your new curves!

Here are some answers to some often asked questions:

Q: What is the rate?

A: It all depends. The fact is that each of you are unique. You have different body types and have different expectations. As discussed above, the Brazilian Lift is actually 2 different procedures: Liposuction and Butt Augmentation. Because of this, it can be a very time consuming procedure (as much as 5 hours) and requires artistry in how it is executed for best results. For this reason, it is very hard to say what the price will be before a consultation is had. The sooner you come in for a consultation, the sooner we (you and Morrison Plastic Surgery) will know how much it will be.

Q: If I’m really skinny, can I do this procedure?

A: It all depends. As stated above the procedure uses fat from own bodies so if we don’t have much fat on our bodies there won’t be much to use for sculpting purposes. Again, the only way to know for sure is for you to come in for a consultation and speak with Dr. Norman Morrison.

Q: Can I use someone else’s fat?

A: No. That’s all there is to it, using the fat from someone else is just plain unsafe.

Q: Does Morrison Plastic Surgery use implants?

A: No. The use of implants carries a great deal of risk in terms of complications (and just doesn’t look as natural). It is a method we don’t use at Morrison Plastic Surgery.

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Part 2: Facial Fillers or Botox Injections, is there a clear winner?

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The difference between Facial Fillers and Botox Injections?

Part 2: Facial Fillers or Botox Injections, is there a clear winner?

In Part 1 of this installment we discussed what facial fillers and botox injections actually are, and how they aim to solve the problem of unwanted wrinkles and sagging older looking skin. Understanding both methods is the first step in trying to decide which solution would be best for you. Now that we understand both, let’s dive into the real question here: Is one better than the other?

When using Botox

  • Wrinkles in troubled areas will become smoother.
  • Through consistent use of Botox, the worsening or deepening of lines and wrinkles will be prevented due to the fact that the muscles that are used to create them are temporarily relaxed. In other words, the less you are actually able to frown, the less likely frown lines will set in more deeply.
  • Procedure doesn’t take very long at all with some treatments being as short as only 10 minutes or so.
  • Much less costly and invasive than a traditional facelift.

While there are many positive reasons to choose Botox, it is important to note that it’s effects are not permanent. Botox injections last around 3-4 months so you will have to make multiple visits to your doctor throughout the year in order to maintain your younger look.

When Using Fillers

  • Injectable fillers will give you a more youthful look due to the volume and fullness they create by plumping and lifting troubled areas.
  • Lines and wrinkles will seemingly disappear because the injectable materials will fill the line or crease.
  • Studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid assists in the creation of new collagen and this new collagen helps decrease the appearance of facial creases and wrinkles.
  • Much less costly and invasive than a traditional facelift

Similar to Botox, there are some things to consider. Facial fillers are foreign substances being introduced to the body so allergic reactions are something to be mindful of. Consult with your Plastic Surgeon and disclose any allergies you have. Aside from allergic reactions, fillers also have risks of lumping and migration although this happens infrequently. On the other hand, because the results last a short period of time, so do the potential problems. It is important to note that not all wrinkles and creases are created equally and neither are the treatments used to remove them. For this reason, there is no clear cut winner between the two methods. Choosing which method is best for each particular patient is the job of your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. This article will give you a basic understanding of botox and facial fillers however your Plastic Surgeon should have the last word. Feel free to contact your friends here at Morrison Plastic Surgery for more info.

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Do You Consider Yourself Attractive? Find Out Why You Should!

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“Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good”

A saying that we’ve all heard a few times before, floating around social media, TV, friends/family and generally in society. In today’s society for better or for worse we place a great deal of value on how we look. Even though how we look is a very, very small piece of the complex puzzle that makes up you and I, improving our physical appearance seems to take up a significant amount of our time and money. We buy nice clothes, spend lots of time at the gym, maintain strict diets, spend time and money at the beauty/nail salons, and spend a great deal of effort looking for the highest quality makeup, lotions, and creams to help us look as best we can. The fact is: When we see someone for the first time, the first thing we notice is what he or she looks like; and although we are taught at a young age not to judge a book by its cover, we do it anyway.

It’s pretty well known, with some statistics to prove it, that outwardly “attractive” people tend to have higher salaries, have better jobs, and hold higher positions. Is this because if you are perceived to be attractive you feel more confident? Is it because it’s human nature to help those or give in to the demands of those we are attracted to or consider attractive? I don’t think we can say for sure, but I think we can say it’s probably a combination of everything.

Many times how we look can affect how we feel, and how we feel can affect how we look. When it’s the weekend and its time for a night out on the town, we’re feeling great so we get dressed to the 9’s and prepare to paint the city red! How about when we have a big business meeting or interview to go to? What do we do? We get in our best power suit or professional wear to show how we feel inside; we mean business and we’re kicking ass and taking names! So with that said it stands to reason that the following 2 statements hold true:

  1. How we look on the outside can greatly enhance how we feel on the inside
  2. How we feel on the inside will greatly enhance how we look on the outside

Given the above 2 points I think its fair to say that any means of improving our appearance can definitely impact our self esteem and confidence levels. However, lets not forget that the most important part of us is not what’s on the outside but what’s on the inside. With that being said, if you feel as though your appearance is holding back your confidence, you definitely have options. Plastic Surgery can address many of the insecurities you may have and we are here to help!

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Understanding Facial Fillers and Botox Injections: Part 1

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The difference between Facial Fillers and Botox Injections?

Understanding Facial Fillers and Botox Injections: Part 1

To fully understand the difference between facial fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Botox or Dysport it may be helpful to know what the client’s goal maybe and and how to create the best results!

The problem

I think we all agree the problem is pretty simple and straightforward; unwanted wrinkles and sagging older looking skin. As we age, our skin unfortunately loses its firmness and elasticity. The volume and fullness we once enjoyed in our twenties diminishes, leaving thinner and less supple features. Some of this is due to the loss or breakdown of collagen. Collagen exists naturally in our skin and acts as structural support. Over time collagen breaks down and our skin becomes weaker and thinner leaving wrinkles and sagging areas. Now that we’ve adequately stated the problem lets look at some of the non surgical solutions.

Botox

Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles and used to improve the look of frown lines. It does this by “relaxing” the facial muscles/motions that create wrinkles in your brow, forehead, eyes, and mouth area. As we move our faces, lines will develop and become deeper over time. Botox is injected directly into the muscles to relax the muscles and improve wrinkles. Botox however is not permanent and wears off over time usually lasting about 3 to 4 months before another treatment will be necessary.

Dermal Facial Fillers

Dermal Facial Fillers on the other hand are used to create or enhance facial volume. Fillers are materials injected underneath the skin to make it appear fuller and more plump. After an injection, the skin will show fewer wrinkles and lines and look much younger. Think of fillers as “Volumizers” aiding a helping hand to the collagen we lose over time. Fillers can be used to add volume and shape to our cheeks, chin, lips, jaw line and other areas.  Both Juvederm and Restylane are  two of the more popular Hyaluronic acid fillers currently in the marketplace. Hyaluronic acid is a natural agent found in all living cells that bind with water keeping our skin hydrated as well as giving it volume. Fillers can last up to as long as 1 year before they need to be replaced.

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OK, so we know what the problem is, we know what the treatments are, and we know how they do their thing, but what we REALLY care about is what does this mean to US and how does this help US look and feel better about our appearance. Here are Morrison Plastic Surgery, our only concern is making you LOOK and FEEL fantastic. For a more in depth look at the differences between facial fillers and botox injections, stay tuned for “Part 2: Facial Fillers or Botox Injections, is there a winner?”

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Drink Your Way to Weight Loss!

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Here is something you can do to start your day…

Its very simple – Start by drinking a glass of water now.  Go ahead, I will wait…… :-)

Hopefully you will drink a few more cups before the day ends, but this is your starting point.  As many of you already know, Water is the foundation of life! When you meet your required cups of water daily (8 cups minimum), it naturally helps you lose weight, improves your skin texture, flushes out toxins from your body and its definitely cheaper than juice or soda!

Your body simply can not carry out it’s necessary functions for good health without hydration. Sometimes it is hard to find time to drink specialty drinks such as protein shakes or fruit smoothies, but you can definitely sneak water in.  Always try to drink a glass of water before each meal, in between your errands and while you are getting ready for bed. 

If you take vitamins, its also good to drink a full glass of water instead of just enough to swallow them down.  After eating salty foods or anything else that promotes dehydration, you can always drink water in order to counter-act the effects.  It so simple but so necessary for you to reach all your fitness goals.  To learn more about daily lifestyle changes that will enhance your surgical results and change your life today, contact us at 212-289-3600 to book a consultation!

~ Until Next Time!
Jackie Morrison
Certified Group Fitness Instructor

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